The devastation they have faced and the losses they have incurred have left locals angry and upset, and the police on Sunday deployed 60 to 70 personnel in the area to make sure that the situation stays under control.
The police are now awaiting the fire department's report to ascertain whether the fire that gutted Manish Market early on Saturday was accidental or was on account of somebody's negligence. The police will not register a case until it gets the report.
"Only if there is negligence due to which the fire broke out or if there was sabotage will we register a case and start investigations," said Padmakar Juikar, senior police inspector of MRA Marg police station.
Shopkeepers, reeling under the shock of their loss, are angry and upset.
"We have suffered the loss and we will find a way to deal with it. We don't want anyone's sympathy. Nobody is going to help us," said one of the shop owners, refusing to be identified.
The fire started from the Sara-Sahara shopping complex around 3.30 am and spread to Manish Market and ahead, gutting 1,000-odd shops in the area and causing damages worth crores.