40 injured in anti-India protests after fire destroys Muslim shrine


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The Independent Online

Fire destroyed a Muslim shrine in Indian-administered Kashmir yesterday, prompting protests against an allegedly slow response by firefighters.

The cause of the fire at the 200-year-old shrine of Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jeelani in Srinagar was not known. It started in the roof shortly after morning prayers and quickly engulfed the wooden structure. The shrine, which held the Sheikh's relics, is an important centre of Islamic and spiritual teachings.

At least 30 protesters and 10 policemen were injured in clashes, police said. Thousands took to the streets, chanting anti-India slogans and demanding Kashmir's freedom from Indian rule.