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Around one lakh books turned to ashes after fire damages library in south Kashmir's Anantnag

Hundreds of rare books lost forever: Principal
01:35 AM May 11, 2024 IST | GK Web Desk
around one lakh books turned to ashes after fire damages library in south kashmir s anantnag
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Srinagar, May 10: A fire incident at the library of Islamic Research Institute in south Kashmir's Anantnag has reduced around one-lakh books to ashes. Hundreds of them were rare books.

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Known for its collection of rare books of different genres, the library served as a beacon of knowledge for decades. Its destruction has left the people of the district in the state of mourning even as it has severely impeded the preservation of local literature.

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Noted Preacher and Principal Islamic Research Institute popularly known as Idara Tahqeeqat-e-Islami, Moulana Irshad Hydari Attari told news agency KNO that the loss of these irreplaceable books has left a void in the community. He also underscored the importance of safeguarding our heritage for future generations.

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He said that there were around 1 lakh books in the library but they couldn't even save a single page and all the books got reduced to ashes.

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He said that there were hundreds of books that were available only in this library and “we have lost these books forever.”

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Moulana said that Islamic research institute that was started in around 1984 has suffered a loss of around one crore as the third floor has completely got damaged.

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He appealed to the general public to donate generously for the reconstruction of the institute.

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