Firefighter Suffers Injuries, Fire-engine Damaged As F&ES Crew Comes Under Attack from Public in Markoot Over Alleged Delayed Response To Douse-off Flames
Srinagar, Feb 13 (GNS): A firefighter suffered injured and fire-engine damaged after Fire and Emergency Services crew came under attack from public in Markoot Dawar in Bandipora over alleged delayed response to douse-off flames.
As learnt by GNS, a fire broke out from a single-storyed GCI sheeted roofed house. The F&ES department was called, which reached the site with men and machinery. However the situation took an ugly turn, when the F&ES came under attack by the locals, allegedly over their delayed response, forcing the crew to abort the intended operation and subsequently retreat from the site.
Detailing about the occurrence, an F&ES official told GNS that they received a call about a fire incident around 10:35 PM and subsequently a crew made a turn-out towards the site. “Once the crew reached the site, a violent mob attacked them with stones and sticks, resulting in injuries to a firefighter besides substantial damage to the fire-engine”, the official said.
“Upon sensing exigency, the crew had to abort the operation and retreat from the site.”
“A case has been filed against the accused persons under relevant sections of law for necessary action”, the official said.
He appealed that the public should not resort to any violent means to prevent the government employees from dispensing off their lawful duties. “The people should instead come forward and assist the employees”, the official said further. (GNS)
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