Mehbooba air dashes to Srinagar, faces ‘azadi’ protest in Khanqah

Mehbooba air dashes to Srinagar, faces ‘azadi’ protest in Khanqah

People raised slogans in favour of “azadi” and Islam as Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Tuesday visited the Khanqah-e-Moula shrine partially damaged in an overnight blaze.

Reports said that the Chief Minister flew to Srinagar to take stock of the damage caused by the fire to the revered shrine in old Srinagar city. However, as Mehbooba was leaving the shrine, hundreds of people raised pro-azadi and pro-Islam slogans.

An official spokesman said, “Cancelling all her engagements, Mehbooba Mufti reached Srinagar early morning and straightaway drove to the shrine of the saint in the Shahr-i- Khaas (Old City).”

The chief minister went around the shrine complex to assess the quantum of damage, the spokesman said, adding she sought a detailed appraisal from the local administration of the fire incident.

Mehbooba, who also interacted with the members of the management committee and devotees, said the shrine symbolises the pluralistic ethos of Kashmir society from which every citizen of the state draws spiritual solace.

She also appreciated the local youth who came forward and prevented the fire from spreading, the spokesman said.

Fire broke out last night in the revered shrine built in the memory of Mir Syed Ali Hamdani popularly known as ‘Shah-i-Hamdan’ in Kashmir, damaging its spire and roof.

The incident took place around 1 am, the officials of Fire and Emergency Department said adding 22 fire tenders along with pumps were dispatched to the spot immediately to douse the flames.

The fire was brought under control with the help of locals, but by then it had damaged the spire of the shrine, the officials said, adding timely intervention saved the shrine from further damage.

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