Defying curfew restrictions and ignoring their personal grief, Muslims today rescued and evacuated Amarnath yatris injured in a road accident on Jammu-Srinagar highway in south Kashmir district of Anantnag, where 18 youth have lost their lives in security force firing in last four days.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has hailed the exemplary effort of the residents of Halmulla, Bijbehara and the adjoining areas, who, amid trying circumstances, helped and evacuated the Yatris injured in a road accident. Official sources told UNI that a vehicle, carrying pilgrims collided with another vehicle at Bijbehara on the highway resulting in on spot death of a yatri Pramod Kumar of Uttar Predesh and local driver Bilal Ahmad, a resident of Ganderbal.
The locals, who were mourning the killing of 36 people in recent violence in Kashmir valley, defied curfew restrictions and set aside their personal grievances to rush to the accident spot and rescue the injured pilgrims. Sources said the locals carried the injured pilgrims in private vehicles to hospital. “The commute from local hospital in Anantnag to Srinagar was also facilitated by the locals in view of the prevailing situation in the district,” they said.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister while expressing grief and sorrow over the death of a local driver and a pilgrim in the accident, said keeping in with Kashmir’s glorious traditions of communal harmony and brotherhood, the locals of Bijbehara, who themselves were mourning the tragic deaths in recent law and order situation, ignored their personal grief and rushed to the accident spot to rescue the injured pilgrims and shift them to the hospitals.
“This is the uniqueness of Kashmir’s distinct and valued culture, we must all fight to protect,” Ms Mehbooba said. “It has been seen over the years that while Kashmiris have themselves underwent countless tragedies, they have upheld the highest traditions of brotherhood and amity,” she said.
“I salute my people for this humanitarianism and compassion,” she added. As many as 36 people, including a policeman, have lost their lives in the last four days in clashes between protestors and security forces following the death of top Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander and two other militants in an encounter with security forces on Friday evening in south Kashmir. Besides 36 dead, several hundred, including about 150 security force personnel, were also injured in the clashes, of which about 100 youths were hit by pellets.