A grass meadow maintained by the horticultural wing of the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) was engulfed in flames after unknown miscreants set it on fire on Tuesday. By the time Fire Service personnel managed to put it out, the fire had destroyed the lawn almost completely.
Passers-by who saw the blaze immediately alerted the Fire Service station situation about a kilometre away, from where a fire tender rushed to the spot. The personnel finally managed to put out the fire after considerable struggle.
When asked, ASI officials said they were awaiting a report from the horticultural wing. The latter would soon file a report about the incident after conducting a preliminary inquiry.
The fire in the heart of the town shocked locals, as it came just a few days after a similar case in which the vegetation on the hills in and around Chenganatham, about five kilometres from Vellore on the National Highway, were set ablaze by unidentified persons.