Last Friday, an inferno destroyed thousands of shanties in Chalantika slum in Mirpur, rendering thousands of people homeless, leaving behind only their charred valuables. Many returned from their hometown after the Eid-ul-Azha holiday to find ashes where their dwelling had once been. These already low-wage earners are now left in destitute conditions and are in desperate need of rehabilitation.
These incidents are prevalent in our country, yet little is done to prevent these tragedies after the initial phase of inquiry. A probe committee has been formed this time as well, which has been asked to conduct a neutral and thorough investigation. The main cause behind the blaze is still unknown, although faulty gas connection pipes had a part to play in catalysing the spread of the blaze, according to experts. Some of the slum dwellers, however, believe this to be an act of arson. But will we ever find out the source of the fire?
The government must ensure that a thorough investigation is carried out by the probe committee to avoid the repetition of such tragedies. If it turns out to be an act of sabotage, then strict actions must be taken against the perpetrators. In the meantime, all these people must be provided with temporary shelter and fundamental supplies till they are rehabilitated.