Sev­eral trees de­stroyed in fire on Haji Malang Hill

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY -

Kalyan: A major fire de­stroyed sev­eral trees in the Haji Malang hill belt in Am­ber­nath taluka of Thane dis­trict. Vil­lagers claimed the fire started late Satur­day and con­tin­ued till Sun­day af­ter­noon, but no fire of­fi­cial reached the spot. Vil­lagers claimed they doused the fire.

MP Shree­kant Shinde de­manded ac­tion against fire of­fi­cials.

Lo­cal vil­lager, Shub­ham Salunkhe, claimed trib­als cut some trees to pre­vent the fire from spread­ing. This helped con­trol the sit­u­a­tion by evening. Mean­while, sev­eral at­tempts to con­tact fire of­fi­cials proved fu­tile.

Shinde who has, in the past planted one lakh trees near the same hill, many of which were later burnt down by mis­cre­ants, blamed for­est of­fi­cials for their cal­lous­ness.—Pradeep Gupta

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