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Telangana government has assured ‘help’ to fire-affected Kashmiri businessmen whose exhibition stalls were affected in a fire incident on Wednesday.

Speaking to Ziraat Times, Telegana’s Home Minister,  Mahmood Ali said that their government would provide compensation to the fire affected traders.

Over 50 stalls of Kashmiri businesspersons were gutted in a massive fire at All India Industrial Exhibition (AIIE) or Numaish in Hyderabad during the late hours of Wednesday, sending panic waves among the thousands of people present there.

Around 300 businessmen from Kashmir are participating in the exhibition, some of whom  suffered losses due to the massive fire at the exhibition.

“We have extended the duration of this exhibition from 15 to 30 days so that businessmen could recover their losses,” Ali said adding that Telegana government would provide all the possible help to the businessmen from Kashmir.

Meanwhile,  Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) has expressed sorrow over the incident. In a statement KCCI said that, as per the reports the stalls of Kashmiri Dry fruits, Shawls, Leather goods were destroyed completely.

“Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad, President, KCC&I spoke to the Home Ministry of Telangana, Hyderabad Mr. Mohd. Mahmood Ali and he assured rehabilitation, compensation and full support to the effected traders and also extended the exhibition for further 15 days without any charges,” the statement said.

PDP Chief Spokesperson Rafi Ahmad Mir has demanded the state Government to provide immediate assistance to Kashmir based craftsmen who were participating in annual exhibition at Hyderabad. A massive fire that broke out at Numaish, an annual exhibition held in Hyderabad on Wednesday.

Mir said that around  300 stalls from Kashmir had set up shop there and stock worth crores have been damaged, state government needs to intervene, he demanded. Mir urged the Governor Satya Pal Malik to appoint a special liaison officer to provide them succour. Expressing grief over the fire incident Mir said that it is unfortunate that most of the Kashmiri shopkeepers have suffered and there is no goods insurance, its moral duty of the Governor to act upon and provide them relief’. These are young entrepreneurs who pinned hope on this exhibition, now they are distress, we urge the Governor sahib to intervene ”.

Hundreds of make-shift stalls were charred down as several lakhs of property went up in flame. At least ten people were rushed to hospital following suffocation.

During the peak hours of around 8:30 p.m, a fire broke out at Mahesh Bank stall in the interiors of the exhibition. With the shops located close to each other, the fire quickly spread across the parallel stretch.

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