Mysterious fire sparks rumours

Shops, buses gutted; people panic, remain indoors

Mysterious fire sparks rumours

 The remains of private bus which was burnt in Shimoga on Wednesday. dh Photo
The incidents also triggered rumours and panic forcing the shop owners to draw shutters and people to remain indoors in the city which was rocked by communal riots during first week of March.

Deputy Commissioner  Pankaj Kumar Pandey and SP Murughan have urged the people not to pay heed to rumours. The DC told media persons that probe into the fire incidents is on. As the situation continued to remain tense in the city, the SP said that he has sought additional troops as a precautionary measure.

Two shops were gutted when fire broke out at a building adjacent to Daivajna Kalyana Mandir in the city. A bus which was parked near Sagar Road also was burnt in a similar fashion. The twin incidents were reported in a span of a hour leading to suspicion of involvement of miscreants.

Sunil Kumar, owner of Mysore furnishing and bed centre which was reduced to ashes alleged that the incident was not a mishap but an arson. He said that petrol was used to set the shop ablaze. Fire tenders which arrived to the spot immediately extinguished the flames. The private bus which was burnt belongs to one Subhash.

When driver arrived to the spot in wee hours where the bus was  parked, only chassis of the vehicle was remaining.

It is suspected that miscreants have fled after setting the bus ablaze. A complaint has been registered in this connection.

Rumour mills were activated by the twin incidents which created confusion and panic in the city. Shops were closed in the evening and public transport vehicles remained off the road.

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