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Srinagar, Jul 7 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to conduct an inquiry into the cause of fire in the Jehab Sahib Soura shrine, which houses the holy relic of the July 5 Prophet Muhammad.

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Aijaz Iqbal, who visited the Shrine to assess the damage caused due to the fire, assured the managing committee of the Shrine that an inquiry will be conducted to assess the cause of fire and lapses if any, on part of guards on duty.

He also assured the public that immediate necessary steps will be taken to renovate and repair the damaged structure of Shrine out of the funds allocated by Government for the purpose.

A fire broke out in the Shrine under mysterious circumstances on Saturday damaging its upper portion, evoking massive protests.

The local residents alleged that police personnel deployed for guard duty at the shrine and security forces in the nearby camp were responsible for the fire. However, authorities denied the allegations.

The officials said the holy relic was safe.

Almost all mainstream and separatist organisations have demanded an inquiry into the incident.

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