Several kiosks, household items and two autorickshaws were set on fire at Sudamapuri area (near NH 24) of Vijay Nagar late on Tuesday. The autorickshaws belonged to the only woman driver in the city, who has now lost her means of livelihood as the vehicles were charred.
“When I arrived, residents were trying to put out the flames. Both mine and my husband’s vehicles were charred. We have suffered a major loss and are left with no means of livelihood. We had no enmity with anyone,” said Ruby Singhal.
“It took me an entire day to forward the police complaint as the personnel were repeatedly telling me to write it down according to what they were saying. I was able to forward my complaint against unidentified persons after a lot of effort,” she said.
Singhal supports her family, including three children, from the income she gets from plying the autorickshaw. Other residents of the low-income locality also lost their valuables in the fire.
“The incident took place between 12 am and 2 am. My belongings were burnt. Several kiosks also suffered damage , but we were not able to ascertain who started it,” said Sonu Giri, a resident.
While the complaint in the case has been filed against unidentified persons, police personnel from Vijay Nagar police station said they have rounded up a local resident who they believe started the fire after consuming alcohol.
“He was arrested following the complaint given by residents. An FIR has been lodged against him. He was picked up from the spot where he was shouting that he started the fire. He dared the police to take action against him,” said Surendra Yadav, station house officer at Vijay Nagar police station.