Over 20 shops gutted in mysterious blaze in Srinagar
Srinagar: Over 20 shops were reduced to ashes in a devastating mysterious fire at Batmaloo area in this summer capital on Monday night, official sources said.
They said fire broke out in a shop at Batmaloo, half a km from Fire and Emergency Service Department (F&ED), last night. However, fire spread to entire shopping complex, they said, adding it took several hours to douse the flames.
Over 20 shops were damaged in the fire, they said, adding the cause of fire was being ascertained.
Police has registered a case and started investigation, they added.
Shops and business establishments remained closed in Kashmir valley since August 5, when centre scrapped Article 370 and 35 A, besides divided the state into two Union Territories.
However, for the about a month majority shops and business establishments are functioning for few hours in the morning in the valley, including summer capital, Srinagar. In some areas, some shops also function in the evening hours also.