200-yr-old Srinagar shrine gutted in fire

Last Updated: Mon, Jun 25, 2012 07:11 hrs

A fire broke out in the 200-year-old Sufi shrine of Peer Dastageer Sahib in Srinagar on Monday, raising tensions in the religiously sensitive Jammu and Kashmir state.

Several fire tenders rushed to tame the blaze at the shrine of Syed Abdul Qadir Jeelani popularly known as Shrine of Peer Dastgeer Sahab located in the crowded Khanyar area Srinagar.

Television footage showed leaping flames destroying much of the ornate structure that is deeply revered by both Muslims and Hindus.

The flames broke out at around 6:30 am but the cause of the fire is still not known, authorities were quoted as saying.

Tension roiled the streets of Srinagar, the summer capital of the state, as mobs pelted stones and police had to resort to tear gas and baton charging.

The two-century-old shrine, an architectural marvel made mostly of timber with ornate Khantamband and woodwork was visited by scores of people daily.

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