Even before the new CM candidate for the state was announced in the state, news reports observed that files stuffed in two trucks were burned on Thursday. Intelligence officials allegedly drove the truck at 10.30 am to dump the files at Avant Vihar ground and burned them to a crisp.
Raipur: After winning a massive majority in Chhattisgarh assembly elections, Congress will make the government in the state with Bhupesh Baghel as the Chief Minister. On Thursday, even before the CM candidate was announced, news reports observed that files stuffed in two trucks were burned. Intelligence officials allegedly drove the truck at 10.30 am to dump the files at Avant Vihar ground and burned them to a crisp. The files were allegedly burning till noon in the presence of two DSP officers.
All confidential reports and documents related to the government are usually found with the intelligence agencies. Many rumours are floating in the state with regards to this incident. Many are discussing the political fallout of this burning. The intelligence agencies collect confidential information on governments which includes phone call records and more. Many of the department’s top officials are silent on this file burning.
DSP Ajay Lakda, who was present at the place of the incident, and other officials have claimed that only scrap paper was burnt. Many are questioning this claim because why were papers burnt by intelligence agents right after a new government came to power in the state? Extra precautions taken by the officials while burning the files is also being seen as a cause for concern.
According to eyewitnesses, the officials stood there until all the files were completely charred. Not just that, instructions were given to pick up the files that hadn’t burnt completely and were set on fire again. The way in which the trucks were filled with bundles of files minutes after the office opened in the morning, it means that the papers were sorted only a few days ago at the department. The bundles were allegedly ready by Wednesday. The officials had already selected a place to burn the files. Their vehicles flanked the truck when they were being transported to the spot.
It is unclear as to what was in the files that were burned and on whose orders was this executed.
(Article originally published in Hindi Sabrang)