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260 fires, one death in clashes on Diwali

Delhi Fire Services had a busy Diwali with around 260 fire calls from all over the Capital on Saturday. HT Correspondent reports.

delhi Updated: Oct 19, 2009 00:44 IST
HT Correspondent

Delhi Fire Services had a busy Diwali with around 260 fire calls from all over the Capital on Saturday.

Fortunately, none of them were major with not much damage to life and property.

“The major chunk of calls were made from evening till late night on Saturday,” said a fire official on the condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

Fire officials said in an incident at a residential complex in Kasturba Gandhi Marg area in Connaught Place, a car and a scooter were damaged when they caught fire in the afternoon.

“Some children were bursting crackers in MS Apartments area and accidentally, the vehicles caught fire,” the official said.
A fire also broke out at a jeans manufacturing godown in Gayabasti area. Fire officials said residents doused the fire. No call was made to police or fire services.

According to records last year, the fire brigade received over 270 calls while in 2007 the figure was around 150 calls.
To meet any eventualities during the Diwali, the fire department had set up temporary stations and deployed over 100 water tenders and high-capacity dousers around the city.

Clashes claim one

A 24-year-old man was stabbed to death, allegedly by three drunken youths following a scuffle after the victim’s motorcycle hit them.

The police said the body of Pradeep, a resident of Mayur Vihar Phase-II, was recovered from Central Park in east Delhi’s Kalyanpuri area. The police have arrested the three accused Devender, Vikas and Manish.

According to police, Pradeep had come to the area to meet his friend with the same name.

The police said that the victim’s motorcycle accidentally brushed one of the accused and it led to an argument and later scuffle. In a fit of rage, one of the accused allegedly stabbed Pradeep. He died on the spot.

In another incident, two groups got into a fight when one group objected to bursting crackers outside their house in Trilokpuri area in east Delhi.

According to police, children were bursting crackers in front of one Madhuban Singh’s house. Singh (35) and his brothers Bhisham, Ram Bir and Lalit and their uncle Dharambir were allegedly thrashed by one Sheesh Ram (60) and his sons, the police said. They have been arrested and charges framed against them.