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Kalmadi petrol pump catches fire

Amruta Byatnal

Pune: The office of the petrol pump owned by Suresh Kalmadi had caught fire and 28 computers were destroyed on January 8, barely two weeks after the CBI conducted a raid in December on his house, the petrol pump and his farmhouse in Pune.

Mr. Kalmadi, MP from Pune, is under the scanner for alleged corruption in the Commonwealth Games.

The fire, which according to the Fire and Emergency Services largely went unnoticed by the people around, allegedly destroyed furniture and air-conditioners too. “When we went there after being informed, we didn't talk to anyone.

The Panchanama by the police states that 28 computers were destroyed. This is what we have in our records too. Some of the computers may have been destroyed because of the water that was used to douse the fire,” Pune's Fire and Emergency Services Department chief Prashant Ranpise told The Hindu.

The cause of the fire was unknown and was still being investigated, said Mr. Ranpise.

The office on the first floor which caught fire is the administrative office of the Sai Service petrol pump owned by Mr. Kalmadi.

The premises houses a service station and the franchise office of Maruti, also belonging to Mr. Kalmadi.

It is not known whether the incident is probed by the CBI, as there are chances that some key evidence were being destroyed.

The CBI officials probing the CWG scam were unavailable for comment.

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