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Kejriwal meets Batla House fire victims, makes these announcements

Kejriwal meets Batla House fire victims, makes these announcements

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today visited Dhobi Ghat and met with family members of fire victims.

Local officials with MLA Amanatullah Khan and other AAP workers were accompanied with him at the Dhobi Ghat where some 68 jhuggis were burnt in a fire that had broken on Tuesday morning with fire brigades landing there to douse it.

Though no casualities were reported, items and jhuggis were completely destroyed. While interacting with the residents, CM made a few announcements, said Amanatullah.

“The CM announced Rs 25,000 compensation to each jhuggi owner. Food is being provided. School dresses for school going children. Also, he ordered the DUSIB to register these jhuggis as JJ cluster,” Amanatullah told OT.COM.

Since morning members of civil defence too landed in the locality with camps being erected, said residents, who were seen informing the local AAP leaders about the items that they lost in the fire. Foods were being served to victims and tents were erected.

A resident, who too lost his jhuggi in the fire, said his cooking gas cylinder was stolen. When asked how, he said: “As the fire started spreading we picked up our belongings from the jhuggi to keep them safe. I picked up one cooking gas cylinder and kept it at a distance. And we rushed to other place. When I returned after the fire was doused, I didn’t find it, as somebody had taken it.”

Fire tenders too landed in the locality with residents claiming that it came late.

Md Naseem, who has been living in the jhuggi for the last 12 years and is from Bijnor of Uttar Pradesh, said his jhuggi too was burned. He and with other women were seen collecting burned books and items from the site.

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