Hyderabad: The Crime Investigation Department (CID) on Sunday started an investigation into the fire accident at Srisailam hydroelectricity power plant which claimed the lives of 9 TS Genco employees and workers. The sleuths visited the place of mishap and gathered evidence.

In the primary investigation, the CID officials are suspecting that an electric short circuit could have led to the mishap but they are also looking into other possible angles.

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, on Friday, had ordered a CID probe into the fire accident and had appointed CID Additional Director General Govind Singh as the investigating officer to find the cause of the accident and give a complete report to the government. A team of 3 DSPs, 3 inspectors, 1 additional SP and 2 forensic experts, along with clues team, has been sent to the accident spot at Srisailam.

The team has also collected CCTV footage from the accident site to analyse the mishap and also collected the statements from the survivors and other employees. The cluses team collected some evidence and sent the same to the laboratory for further investigation. The CID team is still in Srisailam and investigation is underway.

Earlier, the chairman and managing director of Telangana State Power Generation Corporation Limited (TSGenco), D. Prabhakar Rao had expressed grief over the loss of nine lives in the Srisailam fire accident.

Terming the deaths as tragic, Mr Rao said that they tried their best to rescue those who were stuck inside the plant. “Within hours of the accident, I reached the site with G. Jagadish Reddy, minister of energy, and carried out rescue operations throughout the night. Our department alone was not able to handle the situation and so we called the members from the National Disaster Response Force and Central Industrial Security Force,” he said.

Expressing his condolences to the bereaved families, he said that the government had declared ex-gratia amount which would be given to the kin.

“The Chief Minister has already instructed the CID to submit a report. We have also set up an internal committee,” he added.

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