Several trees destroyed in fire on Haji Malang Hill
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