Massive fire breaks out at Delhi's only Rohingya refugee camp

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Troubles for Rohingya refugees continue, as while the case for their deportation is pending in the Indian Supreme Court, the Rohingya refugee camp in Delhi's Kalindi Kunj faced a massive fire on Sunday, gutting the only Rohingya camp in Delhi, leaving 228 homeless and one injured. No casualties were reported.

One of the Rohingyas told ANI, "Everything we had been gutted in the fire".

A fire department official said it took 11 fire tenders three hours to douse the fire.

The Rohingya are an ethnic group, the majority of whom are Muslim, who have lived for centuries in the Buddhist-majority Myanmar.

The rescued refugees were provided temporary tent and mosquito nets to their spend time in the ground till their shanties are reconstructed.

Sanjana Srikumar, a lawyer working on the Rohingya issue, told Business Standard that "there was nothing left in the camp; everything was burnt to the ashes" She also mentioned that the resident lost their United Nations cards, issued to give them the refugee status.

Police teams were sent to the camp to assist in firefighting operations. "We have been provided with only five small fire extinguishers. We are being provided food and clothes by the locals, a lot of help was provided by police". "Preliminary investigation has indicated that the fire started due to a short-circuit and spread in the area", DCP Biswal said, adding that forensic experts and crime team personnel have been called in to investigate all possibilities regarding the origin of the fire.

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