Kashmir riots sparked by burning of Muslim shrine

The burning of a revered Muslim shrine in Kashmir ignited fierce rioting Monday, prompted by what locals are calling sluggish response by firefighters, according to the Associated Press.

Videos circling online depict a frenzied scene, with residents of the Kashmiri city of Srinagar hurling stones at riot police and vandalizing government vehicles.


Kashmiri Muslim protesters and Indian paramilitary soldiers throw rocks at each other after a fire destroyed a revered Muslim shrine in Srinagar, India, on June 25, 2012. (Dar Yasin/AP)

Click below to see footage of the riots.

The burning of the temple prompted a host of anti-government and secessionist remarks on Twitter, amid local government efforts to establish order. Indian officials said they would restore the holy site using a “digital map” they have archived, India Today reported.

Yes there will be a day in #Kashmir when govts will govern, people won’t die for no cause, when evry tragedy won’t be milked by separatists.

— EkHaiNeelesh (@neeleshmisra) June 25, 2012

The tragic thing about Kashmir is that there are too many leaders for every follower.

— IbnBattuta (@IbneBattuta) June 25, 2012

We are a nation capable of striking against fire and nature but not of rebuilding, patience and reconciliation. #DastageerSahab #Kashmir

— Bakhshi Noain (@NoainBakhshi) June 25, 2012

Images of the scene were also shared on social media, with shots of residents watching in horror as the 200-year-old shrine to Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jeelani burned to the ground.

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