Four more arrested for Deonar blaze
Four more scrap dealers were arrested for the fires at Deonar, taking the total number of arrests to 13. The police have recovered metal pieces from them.
The names of those arrested are Firoz Rais Khan, 33, Vijaykumar Krishnakumar Gupta, 32, Kalam Iqbal Shaikh, 44, and Sayeda alias Lallu Hafijulla Shah, 46. “All the accused are scrap dealers and we have recovered the metal pieces they got from the Deonar dumping ground,” said Sangramsinh Nishandar, deputy commissioner of police, Zone 6.
Sources said more arrests are likely in the case, including the kingpin involved in sending ragpickers to the dumping ground to ignite the fire. Investigations revealed fires make it easy for ragpickers to dig out exposed metal from the scrap.
The police have already arrested Mohammad Shaikh, Shamim Khan, Sohail Shaikh, Jayprakash Yadav, Hussain Shaikh, Alibaba Shaikh, Shoaib Shaikh, Umarghani Khan and Rajesh Mahadik (all in their thirties) for orchestrating the fire.
The officials said the arrests were conducted on the basis the statements of more than 25 ragpickers, who have been made a witness in the case.
Officials said despite three fires at the Deonar dump, with the last major one reported on March 20, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is yet to close several ruptured walls, which serve as illegal entry points. Most of them are located at the Rafiq Nagar slums in Tilak Nagar. Several letters have been sent by the local police to the BMC.
The fires resulted in thick toxic smoke engulfing parts of the eastern suburbs and central Mumbai, including Govandi, Deonar, Chembur, Ghatkopar, Wadala, Antop Hill and Sion.
For the uninitiated, Dhan Mill Compound, a former granary and a cluster of warehouses, has morphed into the city’s modish food, fashion, design and lifestyle destination. Its streets are lined with art cafes, home décor outlets, ateliers, art galleries, pottery studios, dance halls and high-end boutiques, whose facades and interiors are as interesting and experimental as the wares they deal in. Interestingly, all of these fancy establishments are housed in re-purposed warehouse buildings, which still have metal roofs.
According to a Delhi government official, a break-up of the total jobs, including the list of employers and the number of people they hired, will be shared “in a couple of days”. Notably, the government portal was launched by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on July 27, 2020, to help entry-level and blue-collar job seekers connect with employers at a time when the Covid-19 induced lockdown left many people unemployed.
“Manufactures, and start-ups which are working on alternatives to single-use plastic have to pay more GST for raw material. Hence, the Delhi government will write to the Centre and request a reduction in GST rates,” Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai said.
Safdarjung, Delhi’s base weather station, recorded 0.1mm of rainfall between 8:30am and 5:30pm on Sunday. The Capital recorded 1.9mm of rainfall on Saturday and 117.2mm on Friday, making the monthly total 119.2mm so far. The normal monthly average for July is 210.6mm, said weather experts.
Monsoon elevates Adam Khan’s tomb into an emergency sanctuary for passersby (and dogs) speared by sudden showers. Perched atop a Mehrauli hillock, the monument overlooks the Qutub Minar, which appears totally bechara and defenceless in the heavy rain.