Case diaries and documents related to old cases were gutted in a minor fire at the old building of Vejalpur police station. However, cops claim that the papers were not important. The police station shifted from Juhapura to APMC market nearly two years ago.
According to a non-cognisable complaint at Vejalpur police station, the fire started inside a locked storeroom at around 11.30 pm on Monday. A constable stationed there saw the smoke and called other police staff and they managed to douse the fire with water.
After assessing the damage, RG Desai, senior police inspector of Vejalpur found out that the fire gutted final case diaries and other documents related to cases between 1991 and 2006. Cops informed FSL officials. “There can be many reasons, including short circuit. We have also found the window glass at the back of the storeroom broken. A spark from a firecracker might be behind the fire,” said AV Hinglajia, FSL official. He did not rule out the possibility of arson.
However, Desai claimed that short circuit is the most likely cause. “When we moved we took all important papers to the new station. Only discarded and unimportant case papers were left in the old building,” he said.