Delhi slum fire claims three children

New Delhi: In a tragic incident, three siblings including a six-month-old boy were killed and another child was injured when a fire broke out in a slum cluster in the city’s New Usmanpur area.

Remains of the slum cluster
Remains of the slum cluster. Pic/PTI

The fire gutted over a dozen shanties. Most of the people present on the spot believe that it was a short circuit, while others claimed there was no electricity at the time of the incident. "We reached there at around 11:30 pm when the tragic incident had already taken place.

So, we are still not sure about the cause of the fire," a police official said. Eight fire tenders were rushed to the spot that took around three hours to douse the flames, fire department officials said.

The three killed have been identified as Reena (10), Meena (7) and six-month-old Mubarak. Another child, Shakhuddin, was also trapped inside a burning shanty. He is now hospitalised with 60 per cent burn injuries, police said. His father Allah Rakha suffered burn injuries while trying to save the children.

DCW chief visits slum

Delhi Commission for Women chairperson Swati Maliwal, who visited the slum cluster to take stock of the situation, said she would take up the matter with Delhi State Legal Services Authority (DLSA) to seek compensation. "Though nothing can compensate such a huge loss, we will write to the DLSA," Maliwal said.

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