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PIX: Revered relics of gutted Srinagar shrine displayed

Last updated on: June 27, 2012 22:52 IST

Revered relics of gutted Srinagar shrine displayed

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Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar

The relics of various Muslim saints retrieved from the gutted revered shrine of Dastageer Sahib in Srinagar were displayed before the media on Wednesday afternoon, thereby putting at rest fears about their fate.

Syed Khalid Hussain Jeelani, custodian of the sacred relics at the old city Khanyar shrine of Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jeelani, displayed the relics.

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Image: Revered relics of the gutted Dastageer Sahib shrine being displayed before the media on Wednesday afternoon
Photographs: Umar Ganie

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'The relics would not be displayed in near future'

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The relics include a hair of the beard of the Iraqi saint, Peer Dastageer Sahib, manuscripts of the holy Quran written by Imam Ali Murtaza, son-in-law of the Prophet of Islam which also contains the seal of the Prophet of Islam, and another manuscript of the Quran written by Caliph Abu Bakar.



Image: Revered relics of the gutted Dastageer Sahib shrine being displayed before the media on Wednesday afternoon
Photographs: Umar Ganie

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'Display had become necessary to reassure millions of devotees'

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The custodian of the holy relics said the display of relics had become necessary to re-assure millions of devotees about their safety.

He, however, said no public display of the relics would be done in near future as the traditional practice of displaying around the Urs of the Muslim saint would be followed henceforth as well.


Image: The 200 years-old shrine in Srinagar was gutted in a major fire on Monday
Photographs: Umar Ganie
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Complete shutdown in Srinagar for second consecutive day

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Meanwhile a complete shutdown was observed in the summer capital Srinagar for the second day on Wednesday, even as strict restrictions were enforced by the security forces in areas falling under six police stations of the old city.

No movement was allowed in the old city areas falling under police stations of Nowhatta, Khanyar, Rainawari, Maharajgunj, Safakadal, Kralkhud and Maisuma.


Image: A security personnel checks the identification papers of locals as strict shutdown was observed for the second day in Srinagar
Photographs: Umar Ganie

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Strict restrictions enforced in old city

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Security forces used coils of razor fitted wire to block road intersections in the old city which witnessed protests and violence on Monday.

Most of the schools in capital city remained shut today while attendance in government offices was also affected.


Image: Security personnel keep a strict vigil in old city parts of Srinagar on Wednesday
Photographs: Umar Ganie
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People to march towards the gutted shrine on Friday

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Mufti Azam Moulvi Bashir-ud-Din has extended the strike by two more days and asked people to march towards the gutted shrine on Friday.

Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and Rajya Sabha member Dr Karan Singh visited the shrine that was gutted early Monday in a devastating blaze.


Image: Union minister Ghulam Nadi Azad visits the shrine on Wednesday
Photographs: Umar Ganie

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