Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah who shares a good camaraderie with TRS working president and former Minister KT Rama Rao, requested the latter to provide assistance to the Kashmiri stall owners whose goods were gutted in the Numaish fire accident that took place on Wednesday.
Following a tweet from Omar on Thursday, KTR promptly responded and said that he will take up the issue with the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.
On Wednesday, fire broke out in the All India Industrial Exhibition, popularly known as Numaish in Nampally, Hyderabad. Though there were no casualties, the fire destroyed close to 300 stalls damaging goods worth crores of rupees, according to officials.
Numaish is an annual fair, where a lot of Kashmiri garment traders come to sell their goods. People flock there to buy the Kashmiri Pashmina shawls, Kashmiri embroidery salwar suits etc.
Authorities are yet to determine the cause of the accident. Former finance minister Etela Rajender who is also the president of All India Industrial Exhibition (AIIE) ruled out the possibility of a short circuit and claimed that somebody could have casually thrown a lit cigarette. Times of India quoted him as saying, "A short-circuit alone could not have caused such a huge fire. We suspect careless smoking could have been the reason."
Meanwhile, the AIEE society has announced Rs 1 crore to each stall owner, whose stall was damaged in the fire, besides the promise of rebuilding the stall. The society has identified 300 stall owners, and said that they will give the cheque before Saturday. Society members said that Numaish, which has been closed since the incident, will be reopened on Saturday for the public.