Local Muslims rescue Amarnath Yatra pilgrims injured in Kashmir road accident

The driver of the mini-bus carrying the pilgrims died of injuries after the vehicle met an accident near Bijbehara town in Anantnag district.

By: IANS | Srinagar | Updated: July 14, 2016 1:54 pm
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Defying curfew restrictions on Wednesday, local Muslims risked their lives to rescue the Amarnath Yatra pilgrims injured in a road accident on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway No.1 A and carried them to hospitals.

The driver of the mini-bus carrying the pilgrims died of injuries after the vehicle met an accident near Bijbehara town in Anantnag district.

With the death of the driver, the toll in the highway accident rose to two.

Earlier, a pilgrim died and 20 others were injured in the accident.

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Locals in Bijbehara town, who were mourning two deaths due to recent violence in the Kashmir Valley, ignored their personal grief and the curfew to rush to the accident spot and rescue the injured pilgrims.

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“Local Muslims carried the injured pilgrims to a hospital in their private vehicles. Some also carried them to a hospital in Srinagar,” an eye-witnesse told IANS.

Despite being in the throes of violence triggered by the killing of a top militant, Burhan Wani, which left 34 people, including 33 civilians and a policeman, dead in the last four days, the gesture of the Bijbehara locals was exemplary.

Of the 34 people killed in the violence, 32 belonged to south Kashmir districts of Anantnag, Shopian, Kulgam and Pulwama while one each belonged to Srinagar and Kupwara districts.

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At least two protesters had died in Bijbehara town a day before and tension ran high there on Wednesday.

“Despite all the violence around, the locals did not ignore the call of humanity,” an eye-witness said.

“This is the uniqueness of Kashmir, we must all fight to protect,” said a resident of the town.

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    Mobeen
    Jul 15, 2016 at 8:42 am
    If only they did "Beware! Whoever is cruel and hard on a non-Muslim minority, or curtails their rights, or burdens them with more than they can bear, or takes anything from them against their free will; I (Prophet Muhammad) will complain against the person on the Day of Judgment.” (Abu Dawud)
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      Mobeen
      Jul 15, 2016 at 9:01 am
      It's unfair to label all of Hindus as RSS as it is unfair to label all Muslims as ISIS (Daesh).
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        Mobeen
        Jul 15, 2016 at 8:35 am
        The statement you make is factually inaccurate. I'm hoping this is genuine ignorance and not malice behind these. Aurangzeb who was perhaps considered one of the most extremist of most Mughals gave grants and land for temples. He did destroy temples but not for religious significance but political reasons (temples whose patronage was towards Rajputs who were loyal but then turned rebellious). Important posts were given to Hindus in his court and army. Me very much like you wasn't around to cross check such statements, but history researchers like Richard Eaton are perhaps better authorities on such matters and should be referred before making sch statements.
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          shakeel
          Jul 13, 2016 at 8:02 am
          This is my India did khaki chadi read this news proud to be with them who stand at those who were on crisis
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            Aamir
            Jul 14, 2016 at 12:46 pm
            India is a country where Hindus stand for Muslims and Muslims stand for Hindus but these poor politicians turn them against each other.
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              Aditi Chatterjee
              Jul 13, 2016 at 1:00 pm
              Why should we say they were Kashmiri Muslims not Kashmiri peoples?
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                Archpagan
                Jul 13, 2016 at 12:31 pm
                They are trying to emulate your prophet.
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                  Ashish
                  Jul 13, 2016 at 7:30 am
                  IE what is this news haa. Why are you putting the word Muslims ... is it necessary? Can a human not help other Human if he belongs to other religion.. You media have been nonsense these days worst than the Britishers who had divide and rule policy.
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