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Important Exhibits Destroyed in Fire at Delhi Museum: Sources

The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.

Saahil Menghani | CNN-News18

Updated:April 27, 2016, 8:49 AM IST

New Delhi: Several important exhibits are feared to have been destroyed in the fire that broke out at the National Museum of Natural History on Tuesday.

Sources said a dinosaur fossil which is several million years old, stuffed animals prepared by prominent taxidermists and a rare collection of South Asian butterflies are feared destroyed in the fire.

However, the sources said that a extent of damage can be assessed only after a a detailed report is out.

A case under section 436 of IPC (mischief caused by fire or explosive substance with intent to destroy house) has been

registered against unnamed persons in connection with the incident, a senior police official said.

The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. Delhi Police will conduct a forensic examination of the building and

collect samples for forensic tests once the fire department declares the building safe for the exercise, the official said.

Police and Fire department officials have ruled out the possibility of sabotage on the basis of investigation conducted so far. A short-circuit is unlikely to have caused the blaze as the incident took place in the wee hours when there is no chance of overload at the premises, the official said.

Nearly four-decade-old National Museum of Natural History, housing rare specimens including a 160-million-year old fossil bone of the Indian Sauropod Dinosaur, in the heart of the capital was ravaged in a massive blaze.

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