Delhi's only Rohingya camp gutted; 230 refugees again homeless, 1 injured

Lester Mason
April 16, 2018

Efforts underway to provide food, alternative shelter for victims.

In another addition to the miseries of Rohingya refugees, a massive fire in Delhi's Kalindi Kunj camp on April 15 rendered some 230 of them homeless.

"It will be very hard for these people now as all they had, has been gutted in the fire", she added. One man, Vikas Kumar, who was sleeping in a garage adjacent to the camp, suffered burn injuries to the hand and has been admitted to a private hospital.

The police teams were sent to the camp to assist the fire-fighters in the rescue operation. "Preliminary investigation has indicated that the fire started due to a short-circuit and spread in the area", DCP Biswal said, adding that forensic experts and crime team personnel have been called in to investigate all possibilities regarding the origin of the fire. It began at 3 am. It took firefighters more than two hours to douse the flames, officials said.

According to the police, all the homes in the camp were made of asbestos sheets; all of them were gutted.

According to a resident, "The fire first gutted the homes and turned into a fireball within no time. The fire could have spread further to adjoining slums, but fortunately it was controlled by the fire department". Biswal also said that they have also registered a case under relevant section under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against people at Jaitpur police station, and are trying to examine the cause of the fire.

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