Kashmiri businessmen hit by fire at Hyderabad exhibition

Kashmiri businessmen hit by fire at Hyderabad exhibition
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Appeal state government for help

SRINAGAR: Nearly 70 businessmen from Kashmir have suffered huge losses as a fire devoured their merchandise at an exhibition site in south Indian city of Hyderabad Wednesday.
The businessmen are now appealing J&K government for help.
Yasir Mushtaq, one of the fire victims told Kashmir Reader that nearly 70 Kashmiris have lost all their merchandise in the fire, that engulfed the site Wednesday.
Around 3000 odd businessmen were participating in the 45-day annual exhibition in Nampally, Hydrabad, of whom 400 were affected by the fire.
The Kashmir businessmen dealt mainly in shawls, leather products, and dry fruits.
“The Wednesday evening fire which remained for half an hour has crushed us. We have nothing left. We have to borrow money to start our business. We ask JK government to come forward and help us to resume our business,” Yasir said.
Each Kashmiri businessmen pay nearly Rs 70000 as rent for the 45-day annual exhibition in the city.
Yasir said most of their merchandise was unsold, and they were expecting bumper business days ahead.
Meanwhile, Kashmir Chamber of Commerce has expressed deep shock over the incident. Its president Sheikh Ashiq told Kashmir Reader that he has spoken to Home minister of Telengana who has assured all possible help.
“He promised that they will reconstruct the business stalls within days, and extend the exhibition by two weeks. The minister told me that Hyderabad has deep connection with Kashmir and he would go all the way to help victims to make them feel at home,” Ashiq said and added that he appeals to JK Government to extend its support to help them overcome the shock.