SRINAGAR: In occupied Kashmir, residents of Khanyar in Srinagar have said that the personnel of fire and emergency services department reached one-hour late to douse the fire at the shrine of Dastgeer Sahib.
The residents in their interactions with media persons complained that police and administration officers also arrived at the spot too late.
“The fire tenders reached the spot once the fire had engulfed the whole shrine. There is no possibility of the fire due to short circuit as there was no electricity at the spot wherefrom the fire started,” said Syed Khalid Hussain Geelani, the custodian of the shrine.
Gilani, who himself was inside the shrine when the fire broke out, said only two fire tenders reached after half an hour with one of them being without water. “I along with other local youth put our lives at risk to douse the fire to save the relics. We saved all the holy manuscripts,” he said.
The eyewitnesses claimed that the fire tenders had no water. “The fire tenders came nearly an hour late and that too without water,” an eyewitness told the media.