Even with unrest in the Valley refusing to die down for months and locals taking on security forces regularly during protests, villagers of Lasjan Sunday came out to help the Army after their vehicle met with an accident on the outskirts of Srinagar city. They also helped to evacuate an injured soldier.
Later, the Army’s Northern Command thanked the people of Lasjan for the humanitarian act. “Army thanks the local youth for rescue of soldiers stuck in an accident vehicle near Pantha Chowk Srinagar,” Army’s Northern Command tweeted Sunday.
On Sunday, an Army vehicle skidded off the road and hit a tree. The villagers of Lasjan rushed to the help of the Army and rescued an injured soldier trapped inside the vehicle. An Army spokesperson said there were no major injuries in the accident.
While the people called the rescue a humanitarian effort and “real Kashmiriyat”, the incident had its political overtones as well. The video shot during the rescue showed a youth telling the Army men: “Chalo ab Kashmiri ko goli maro (Come, fire at a Kashmiri now).” “They will still beat Kashmiris,” shouted another as the injured soldier was brought down from the truck.