Time and again, we come across set of vehicles are set on fire in residential housing complexes and cinema theatres by miscreants, who wish trigger fire in a combined operation to show their wrath. Such incidents were taking place in Pune regularly and it is slowly spreading to Thane and neighbourhood. By inflicting such heavy damage to vehicles, the miscreants run away to escape arrest. This time, four ambulances were gutted in a mystery fire near the ICU ward of the Thane Civil Hospital and it is a bad news. For acquiring one ambulance van, the hospital has to incur heavy expenditure and by setting four, the hospital has lost its main fleet of ambulances and it will take some more time to make up the loss and go for new ones in the interest of patients. Thane police should apprehend the culprit through CCTV recordings and bring the culprits to books before such incidents take place in the city once again. In the name of settling old enmities, public property is damaged or set on fire to exhibit the wrath. Despite causing heavy loss, the culprits escape without punishment and that prompt them to do more and more crimes of this nature. Ambulance fire is one more case of callousness of the hospital authorities is taken advantage of such serious lapse in security. Hospital authorities just down play the incident and brush aside such lapses to their advantage and show ignorance all the time.
(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)