A homeless man, who had taken night shelter in Delhi's Yamuna Bazaar area, was charred to death on Saturday after a fire broke out in the tent. The incident took place in the wee hours of Saturday, according to sources.
A homeless man, who had taken night shelter in Delhi’s Yamuna Bazaar area, was charred to death on Saturday after a fire broke out in the tent. The incident took place in the wee hours of Saturday, according to sources. Close to 15 people were lodged inside the tent when the fire broke out. According to police, the body of a half-charred man of about 30 years was recovered from the tent.
The cause of the fire has not been established but it is being suspected that a short circuit may have caused the blaze. Officials further said though the unidentified man had registered himself before lodging in the tent, that information has also been gutted. Additional DCP Harendra Singh said the FIR has been lodged against the unknown man and a report has also been sought from the fire department to ascertain the exact cause of the fire.
The tent put up in November was sandwiched between two tin shelters already present there. The complex houses a mohalla clinic and five-night shelters. The tin night shelters and the tent are taken care by NGO Prayas and NGO Jan Pahal respectively, despite of falling under the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB). After the blaze, what remained of the tent was burnt blankets and bedsheets and the walls blackened by the soot.
The caretaker said he was inside the tent when two homeless people ran up to him, saying the top of the tent was on fire. He rushed to get help and tried to douse the fire with an extinguisher. After someone informed the fire department about the inferno, they arrived in minutes and extinguished it. The caretaker added that the man, who was killed, had reached the shelter at 9:30 pm and this was the first time he ever saw him.
Members from the DUSIB and the two NGOs arrived at the spot to ascertain the cause of the fire. While the exact reason of the fire is yet to be ascertained, Dharmendra Kumar, secretary of Jan Pahal said the cause of the inferno could have been a cigarette or a beedi which was lit inside the tent carelessly.