As many as 500 jhuggis were gutted in a blaze which broke out in northwest Delhi’s Rithala area late on Sunday. The flames were put out by 30 fire tenders after a six-hour operation. No casualty has been reported, said fire officials.
Alleging that officials did not reach the spot promptly, residents resorted to stone-pelting at firemen and police, said sources. Fire officials, however, said they received a call at 12.35 am and reached the spot within 15 minutes. Police said that prima facie, the fire was caused by a short circuit.
Later in the day, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia visited the area. “The Deputy CM has directed the revenue department to give compensation to people whose houses were destroyed in the blaze. The amount will soon be ascertained,” said an official.