Old city fire: Protest forces state to register cases, but victims unhopeful

Old city fire: Protest forces state to register cases, but victims unhopeful

SRINAGAR: A protest demonstration by the Zaina Kadal fire victims on Friday morning forced the administration to register their cases for relief and emergency assistance.
On Thursday afternoon, eight houses were gutted in a massive fire in the congested Zaina Kadal locality of downtown.
Most of the houses have been fully damaged, with the inhabitants forced to take shelter in the houses of their neighbors or relatives.
The victims told Kashmir Reader that they were forced to protest after no one from the administration had come to take note of their plight and provide them immediate relief.
“Our houses were damaged on Thursday afternoon, but we saw nobody from the government coming to see us. The MLA of our constituency, Mubarak Gul, did not come even once to look at our problem. It forced us to take to the streets,” Muhammad Shafi Dar, a victim, said.
After the protest, officials visited the spot and gathered details of the victims.
However, the victims were not satisfied.
“By their attitude, it seemed they we are not going to get us any assistance from the administration,” Dar said.
“At this point of time, we don’t know wherefrom will we get the money to rebuild our homes.”
“We lost everything. From gold to clothes to food, the fire took away everything,” added Tariq Jalali, another victim.
The deputy commissioner, Srinagar, Farooq Ahmad Lone, was not available for comments.

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