Four shops gutted; Saroori expresses grief
STATE TIMES NEWS
DODA: Fire broke out in six shops in Bathri town of Tehsil Khara, Doda District late last night resulting into major damage to the property though no loss of life was reported.
The incident took place around 9:45 AM when the owner of the shop informed local villagers after noticing the flames coming out of the shop. As soon as the news of the fire incident spread in the Bathri, the army jawans, police, officers led by Tehsildar Khara, Majid Jahangir and locals rushed to spots immediately.
During the hectic fire fighting operation by local people to douse the flames as the fire tenders from the Sub-Division Thathri headquarters failed to reach the spot due to mechanical problem and brought the fire under control but not before the four shops were completely gutted into ashes. The cause of fire is yet not known.
The owners of the shops are Haji Abdullah Gorsi, Nazir Ahmed Mughal and Mohammad Hussain but the shopkeepers are Abdul Qayoom, Ajaz Ahmed, Sajjad Ahmed, Ishtiyaq Ahmed, Jalal Ud Din whose all things in the shops were extensively damaged in the fire incident.
The timely action by local people prevented spread of fire which could have aggravated in densely populated market area having a number of buildings adjacent to each other.
Meanwhile senior Congress leader and MLA Inderwal Ghulam Mohammad Saroori expressed grief over the damage to property in fire incident at Bathri in Doda District and has demanded immediate relief of Rs 2 lakh each to the fire victims.
Expressing sympathies with the victims, Saroori assured every possible help. He also directed the district administration to carry out relief and rehabilitation measures for the fire incidents.