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Meghalaya battalion camp in Delhi gutted

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TURA, Dec 27 - Meghalaya police battalion camp in Wazirabad in New Delhi was gutted in a fire on Christmas eve. One personnel was injured in the fire.

The fire broke out at about 3 am of December 25 and gutted one temporary camp set up to house the 5th battalion personnel who are posted there. Prompt action ensured the fire did not spread.

�We are still not sure how the fire started. There were around 30 people in the camp who were asleep when the fire broke out. Two of them were inside the tent which caught fire. One managed to escape, but the other suffered about 25 per cent burns�, said Battalion Commandant Francis Kharshiing.

The injured battalion personnel was taken to the hospital where he is said to be recovering.

The fire has once again put the focus on the poor amenities provided to the 5th battalion personnel. The temporary shelters are in such a condition that the personnel have literally nothing to shield from during the harsh winter chill of the capital.

Earlier, the personnel had faced flooding of the camp. While a visit was paid to the camp by Home Minister Roshan Warjri, the plight of the serving battalion personnel remains unchanged.

Kharshiing, however, said there was hope of better amenities after the matter was pursued with Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). �The condition of battalion personnel from all states is the same and we have raised the matter with MHA which is looking into the matter. Hopefully things will get better�, added Kharshiing.

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Meghalaya battalion camp in Delhi gutted

TURA, Dec 27 - Meghalaya police battalion camp in Wazirabad in New Delhi was gutted in a fire on Christmas eve. One personnel was injured in the fire.

The fire broke out at about 3 am of December 25 and gutted one temporary camp set up to house the 5th battalion personnel who are posted there. Prompt action ensured the fire did not spread.

�We are still not sure how the fire started. There were around 30 people in the camp who were asleep when the fire broke out. Two of them were inside the tent which caught fire. One managed to escape, but the other suffered about 25 per cent burns�, said Battalion Commandant Francis Kharshiing.

The injured battalion personnel was taken to the hospital where he is said to be recovering.

The fire has once again put the focus on the poor amenities provided to the 5th battalion personnel. The temporary shelters are in such a condition that the personnel have literally nothing to shield from during the harsh winter chill of the capital.

Earlier, the personnel had faced flooding of the camp. While a visit was paid to the camp by Home Minister Roshan Warjri, the plight of the serving battalion personnel remains unchanged.

Kharshiing, however, said there was hope of better amenities after the matter was pursued with Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). �The condition of battalion personnel from all states is the same and we have raised the matter with MHA which is looking into the matter. Hopefully things will get better�, added Kharshiing.