SHILLONG: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Monday said he will seek a report on the fire incident which took place yesterday at Qualapatty in Shillong where a century-old building of the Church of God was reduced to ashes, besides leading to the death of an elderly couple — T Basaiawmoit and R Laloo including their pet dog.
The decision of the CM came following allegations of negligence on the part of the fire services station in responding to the SOS call of the local residents yesterday early morning.
“If there was any kind of negligence then this has to be inquired immediately. I was briefed by the Deputy Commissioner of East Khasi Hills that people were saying that the tragedy could have been averted if the fire service personnel reacted on time. I will ask for a report since it is a serious matter,” Sangma said, while speaking to reporters here today during his visit to Qualapatty.
He also observed that what was more important was to ensure that such lapses should not happen in the future. “Let me find out the facts as to what has happened. I will find out and get a detailed report on this issue,” Sangma said.
Earlier, Rangbah Shnong of Qualapatty, Martamlin Pyrbot had blamed the delay of the fire services for the lost of two precious lives in the fire incident. “We will convene a meeting within this week to discuss on the future course of action to ensure that similar incidents do not happen again; and to ensure that the public service agencies respond to the need of the citizens on time,” said the Rangbah Shnong.