SHILLONG, Feb 3: Police are investigating into the alleged arson incident wherein a transformer of the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) was thrown with inflammable materials at Mawbah locality of the city on Sunday morning.
The Chief Managing Director (CMD) of the MeECL Aldea Nikhla said that if this incident was a case of arson or was simply a stray incident is something that only investigation can ascertain.
The MeECL, CMD said that pictures of the black smudge on the green and greyish wall seem to indicate that a flaming object/ something containing inflammatory object which combusts on impact was thrown at that point.
She said the fire was not caused by a short circuit.
According to Nikhla in case of a short circuit starting from the Low Tension lines (adjacent to the road) the fuses would have melted and power supply to the transformer would be automatically disconnected.
While in case of a fault in the High Tension lines, the line would have disconnected itself from the sub station providing the power supply.
“In both cases, a fire would not have occurred,” she said.
Recently, the MeECL was in the news for power shutdown and many questions were asked with regard to the same.
“The offices of the MeECL are open to anyone who has questions with regard to its functioning and duties, including its past and present performance,” Nikhla said.
Terming the incident as unfortunate, the CMD said it means there will be power shutdown for many households in the area until it can be repaired.
Nikhla stated that repairs can only be effected after the police have finished with preliminary investigation at the site.