Central board to test samples from ‘mystery fire’ spot

A KSPCB team inspects area for the third day on Wednesday

April 20, 2017 12:05 am | Updated 12:05 am IST - Mysuru

The Central Pollution Control Board’s laboratory at its zonal office in Bengaluru will also study the soil samples of the “mystery fire” spot near Mysuru.

Fresh samples of the soil and “ash-like” substances found at the spot where the ground temperature was high were collected on Wednesday.

A team from the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) visited the spot and inspected the area for the third day on Wednesday. The condition was by and large the same except for the drop in soil temperature, officials from the KSPCB said.

“We are hoping to get the lab reports by Saturday. This may unravel the truth when type of chemicals, if any, found in the soil was detected,” said Senior Environment Officer A.M. Lingaraju

Soil samples from the actual spot (where the deceased boy Harshal suffered burns after he and his friends went there to attend the nature’s call) and from the surrounding area at the vacant land strip were collected on Wednesday and sent to Bengaluru.

Speaking to The Hindu , he said the soil samples had been sent to the hi-tech laboratory operated by the Central Board for analysis to find out the chemical composition. “It’s a recognised lab and its report was crucial,” he said.

Tests on the soil samples and substances found on its surface had been undertaken at various labs in Bengaluru and in Mysuru after the incident came to light on Monday and a team of experts conducted a spot inspection. The lab run by the Central Board is a sophisticated one having hi-tech equipment and certified for such tests. “Therefore, the samples had to be sent there by us,” he added.

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