Irfan anguished over loss of lives in Solina Fire incident , Seeks compensation to fire victims

Srinagar: National Conference on Monday expressed profound anguish over the incident of conflagration that devoured two precious lives of a lady and her six years old son in the Dogar Basti Area of Solina locality in Srinagar.

Expressing grief over the unfortunate incident, Party’s Central Secretary and Former MLA, Batamaloo Irfan Shah said, “I am deeply pained to hear about the loss of two precious lives of a mother- son duo in the fire incident that broke out in the Dogar Basti neighborhood of Solina gutting nearly six edifices, however the actual losses to the property is yet to be ascertained by the administration. The loss of two lives in the unfortunate incident is a grim reminder of loopholes in the civil defense system of Jammu and Kashmir. I express my heartfelt sympathies with the family, whose loved ones were devoured in the unfortunate incident. I share their grief and pray for peace to the souls of the deceased in Jannah and forbearance to the bereaved. I also express my solidarity with the fire victims whose property, belongings and merchandise was gutted in the incident, I pray for their speedy up-turn. Meantime I urge the district and divisional administration to provide effective and adequate compensation to the affected families so that they are able to make up for the losses they have sustained in the unfortunate incident,” he said.

Irfan said the fast and timely containment of the accidental fires in the congested areas of the old city areas of Srinagar has always been challenging, unfortunately the outmoded and obsolete approach of the administration and concerned agencies to fire and emergencies cannot be ruled out as one of the factors behind recurrence of such incidents- the other being the lack of fire safety awareness among people.

YNC Provincial President Salman Ali Sagar also visited Solina and expressed deep anguish over the incident. He urged the district administration to expedite the process of rehabilitation and recompense the affected adequately.

Meanwhile Party’s Provincial Secretary Showkat Mir called the concerned officials in district Baramulla regarding the incident of conflagration that had gutted numerous shops in the Baba Reshi Market the other day. Mir impressed upon the concerned officials to compensate the losses incurred by the traders who have sustained losses in lacs of Rupees. Party leader Farooq Ahmed Shah has also expressed deep anguish over the Baba Reshi market fire incident and urged the concerned revenue, disaster management and other concerned departments to come to the rescue of affected at an earliest. He has also sought fire safety audit of the revered Baba Reshi Shrine and setting up of fire posts in the entire Tangamarg and Gulmarg stretch to deal with such eventualities.

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