IPS officer to probe Mumbai fire

IPS officer to probe Mumbai fire
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has ordered a probe by an officer of the rank of Additional Commissioner of Police into the incident of fire at the Deonar dumping ground — where sabotage was suspected — which has resulted in smoke and poisonous gas enveloping the city.

ACP (East Region) Manoj Lohiya has been asked to carry out the probe. An FIR has already been registered against unknown persons.

The blanket of smoke was so thick that it was captured by satellites of Nasa. The smoke and gases have caused breathing problems for several people. Since there are just a few days remaining for the Make in India mega event in Mumbai which would be addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the chief minister is regularly in touch with Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta and Police Commissioner Datta Padsalgikar to ensure that the fire is doused and the reasons are found.

The Deonar dumping ground, from the year 1927, has been one of the biggest landfills of the country.  The dumping ground extends over 132 hectares and receives 5,500 metric tonnes of waste, 600 metric tonnes of silt and 25 tonnes of bio-medical waste.
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