Fire Destroys Kashmir Sufi Shrine Peer Dastageer Sahib

A major fire has destroyed a 200-year-old revered Sufi shrine in Srinagar city in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Fire destroys Kashmir Sufi shrine Peer Dastageer Sahib

A major fire has destroyed a 200-year-old revered Sufi shrine in Srinagar city in Indian-administered Kashmir.

More than a dozen firefighters battled the blaze at the Peer Dastageer Sahib shrine on Monday morning, reports said.

It is not known what caused the fire. There were no casualties, but the wooden building was seriously damaged.

Locals, angered by what they said was a slow response by firefighters, held anti-government protests.

Additional policemen were deployed after the crowd began throwing stones, damaging a fire brigade vehicle.

Police fired tear gas shells at the crowd, injuring several protesters.

The shrine houses relics of the 12th century Central Asian Muslim saint Sheikh Abdul Qadir, the founder of the "Qadriya" branch of Sufism.

Local witnesses said the relics were safely retrieved with the help of firefighters.

The shrine is popular with both Hindus and Muslims who visit it in large numbers to offer prayers.