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New Delhi: Around 400 shanties were gutted in Delhi’s Mangolpuri area after a major fire broke out in the early hours of Monday, officials said.

“Around 28 fire tenders were rushed to the spot to douse the flames. No casualties have been reported so far. Reason of the fire could not be known,” a fire department official told IANS.

“Belongings of the people living in the slums were destroyed in the fire,” the official said.

The firemen had to toil hard to douse the high leaping flames.

The fire also destroyed an overhead high-tension electricity line, leading to power disruption in the locality, a police officer told IANS.

“Power disruption created problems in dousing the fire. The fire broke out at 2 AM but could be extinguished only at 7 AM,” the officer said.

“The fire broke out early in the morning and our kids woke us up. From food to clothes, all our belongings have been burnt,” a resident of the area told reporters.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal expressed grief over the incident and directed the officials to carry out relief works.

“Sad to learn about fire in jhuggis. Have directed officials to provide immediate relief,” he tweeted.

The chief minister also urged the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) volunteers to reach the spot and help the victims.

“I will also reach there after cabinet meeting. I urge AAP volunteers to go and help victims,” Kejriwal tweeted.

(IANS)

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Arvind Kejriwal Accuses Modi Government of Betraying Farmers

The Modi government was worried more about Ambanis and Adanis, he alleged

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Modi government betrayed farmers: Kejriwal.

The Modi government has stabbed farmers in the back by telling the Supreme Court that it cannot implement recommendations of the M.S. Swaminathan Commission which the BJP promised to do so in 2014, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Friday.

Addressing a farmers rally here at Jantar Mantar, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader also slammed the Centre’s crop insurance scheme as a “fraud” and demanded that it be scrapped.

“Soldiers at the borders and farmers at thier farms are in distress. It’s a sad state of affairs. The BJP has dishonoured the promises it made in 2014,” Arvind Kejriwal said.

Thousands of farmers from across the country marched from Ramlila Maidan to Jantar Mantar in the heart of the capital seeking loan waiver and higher crop prices and warning political parties not to ignore their plight.

Reminding the BJP’s promise vis-a-vis the Swaminathan Commission, Kejriwal accused the ruling party of going back on its election promise.

“They have filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court and said they can’t implement it. There can’t be a greater betrayal than this. This government has stabbed farmers in the back,” he said, asking the government to take back the affidavit.

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Narendra Modi (Wikimedia Commons)

He warned that if it failed to do so, farmers would teach the saffron party a lesson in the 2019 elections.

Demanding loan waiver for farmers, he also said that they must get fair price for their produce.

“They are not begging but fighting for their rights. Once their loans are waived, they won’t demand it again. The government should also buy the farmers’ produce at appropriate price.”

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He blasted the government’s crop insurance scheme.

“This is not an insurance scheme but it is BJP’s ‘kisan daka yojna’ (plunder farmers scheme). This must go and the money paid by farmers be returned. Instead, the government should start a compensation scheme for farmers.”

The Modi government was worried more about Ambanis and Adanis, he alleged. (IANS)