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Finally, Kashmir govt wakes up to fire safety measures of shrines

Finally, the Jammu and Kashmir government has woken up to fire safety measure of shrines in the valley.

india Updated: Aug 04, 2012 19:43 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

Finally, the Jammu and Kashmir government has woken up to fire safety measure of shrines in the valley.

The government has started engaging the caretakers and local volunteers in a mock-drill to impart training in measures taken in case of any disaster.

“There has been six major fire incidents at religious places in Kashmir, including one in Poonch, this year. This exposes the vulnerability of shrines and mosques in the state,” said Ruheela Hassan, assistant professor at Islamic University of Science and Technology. Hassan was one of the resource persons during the two-day training programme held in Srinagar this week.

“During the training programme, the participants were taught to extinguish fires and also explained basics about first aid in view of the vulnerability of the ancient shrines to fires,” said Amir Ali, an official with the state’s disaster management cell.
A mock drill was also conducted among caretakers and volunteers in case of disasters.

The disaster preparedness training mainly aimed at the employees of J&K Muslim Wakf Board posted in various shrines of Srinagar.
The Civil Defence and the Fire and Emergency Services Department also participated in the training.

The employees imparted training were deputed from the shrine of Assar-i-Sharief Hazratbal, Makhdoom Sahib, Peer Dastgir Sahib, Syed Yaqoob Sahib Sonwar, Drugjan Mosque, Buchwara Mosque, Syed Asim Shah Qasim Shah, Khankah-e-Moulla, Shehri Kailashpora, Rup Reshi Habba Kadal, Jinab Sahib Soura, Malik Sahib Soura, Mirza Qamil Sahib Hawal, Gojwara mosque, Shah Niyamatullah Qadri and Nalbandpora Mosque.

Five religious places have witnessed mysterious fire and desecration in the valley since June 25 when the 249 years old revered shrine of Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jeelani gutted mysteriously in Srinagar.

Separatists see a pattern in it and accuse the state government of failure to provide security to religious places.
The government is already carrying out a fire audit to augment fire safety measures in the valley shrine. Kashmir is home to hundreds of old wooden mosques.

First Published: Aug 04, 2012 19:41 IST