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Faridabad: A dark Diwali for vendors who sold crackers at Dussehra Ground

Oct 21, 2014 11:36 PM IST India India

Faridabad: Ajay Batra, a middle-aged businessman, was one of those who lost their shops and vehicles in the huge fire that gutted over 200 cracker stalls at Faridabad's Dussehra Ground on Tuesday evening.

And like anyone in his situation, Batra was rightly outraged.

"We paid hefty fire safety charges when we got our shop licences. But these safety measures were not put in place in advance. My motorcycle was burnt. I suffered losses of over Rs 3 lakh," Batra rued.

Batra complained that if proper fire safety measures had been implemented, things would have been different.

He also alleged that fire officials were not prompt in responding to the disaster.

"Only one fire tender came after an hour and they said they will not enter the premise till the fire slows down slightly," Batra said.

Batra, along with others whose shops were gutted in the huge fire, refused to leave the premises in protest against police inefficiency.

Nearly three people were injured and around 20 vehicles damaged in the huge fire which engulfed the ground. The police suspect that a short circuit could have caused the fire. Investigations are currently underway. The police said it will take 2-3 days to clear the area of the debris.