A 10-year-old girl was burnt alive and at least two others of her family injured when a fire broke out at Parade Market, gutting over 100 shops, here on Saturday morning.
Police said the girl, Chandini, died when her makeshift house was gutted in the blaze. Her grandmother, Sona Pal, and brother, Jitendra, were admitted to the LLR and UHM hospitals after suffering 50% burns.
Sources said the fire began around 4 am. While additional district magistrate (city) Avinash Singh said that the cause of the fire was still unknown, local shopkeepers alleged that it was part of a conspiracy to dispossess them of the land.
Irate local residents assaulted the city magistrate, who had to be rescued by the police. They later launched an agitation at the site.
Parade Market has been in the news ever since the city administration got half of it cleared to construct a multi-level parking lot recently.