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Six cars gutted at Dum Dum ground


KOLKATA: Six vehicles were gutted in a 'mysterious' fireplace at a park in south Dum Dum on Wednesday morning. Though cops are yet to ascertain the precise purpose of fire, the automobile homeowners alleged the automobiles were intentionally set on fireplace by some native criminals, who wanted to take ownership of the 'disputed land'. Two fireplace engines went to the spot to douse the flames. Cops have registered a case in this connection.

Locals said a number of vehicles are parked on the just about one-bigha vacant land referred to as 'Purba Srimiti Mali Ground'.

"Many people claim to be owners of the land and have tried to take possession of various portions of the 18-katha plot. Some even tried to start construction work leading to chaos. Besides serving as a parking space for 15 to 20 cars, the land is also used as a dumping ground by local contractors. But we never witnessed such a scene before," said an area, Pintu Shaw.

Another native Pallab Dutta said: "I got up around 2.15am after hearing the street dogs bark. When I looked out of the window, I saw the cars were on fire. We immediately informed the police and the fire brigade. The locals, who had already gathered at the spot, also tried douse the flames."


Sourav Samanta, the landlord of a sedan, which used to be a few of the burning vehicles, said: "I have been parking my car on this ground for the past six months as I live in the same locality. On Tuesday, I had parked here like every other day. I don't believe the cars caught fire accidentally. We suspect some persons, who are eyeing the land, hatched the conspiracy. We have asked the cops for a proper probe into the incident."


Panchu Roy, the chairman of South Dum Dum Municipality, said: "As far as I know, the vacant land is used by locals on several purposes for a long time. Some even dump building materials on it. The municipal authority doesn't own the land and never used it. We will look into the matter seriously."


Ananda Roy, DCP, Zone II, Barrackpore commissionerate, said, "The exact cause behind the fire couldn't be ascertained. We have already registered a case and an investigation is on in this connection."




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