When a group of Amarnath pilgrims were injured after their bus met with an accident that also killed two, it was local people in Bijbehara in Anantnag district – one of the Valley’s worst-hit in violence – who rushed to their help.
The bus, en-route from Baltal to Jammu, collided with a truck at Sangam in Bijbehara, killing a pilgrim Pramod Kumar of Meerut in Uttar Pradesh and local driver Bilal Ahmad Mir of Kangan and injuring 23 others.
When the news of the accident reached the locals, they defied curfew and reached the spot and began evacuating the injured pilgrims.
The yeoman’s service of the local Muslims found praise from the rescued yatris.
Around 50 local people came to evacuate the injured after the accident, said A K Arora from Meerut in a two-minute video, which has gone viral on social networking sites.
“If anyone wants to understand humanity, learn it from people of Kashmir. I felt the true value of humanity from the people of Kashmir. They came to our rescue at a time when we were abandoned by even fellow pilgrims and Army,” he said.
The incident comes at a time when the valley has been witnessing violent protests that have claimed 34 lives, including a policeman, and leaving hundreds injured.
Bijbehara, the home town of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, witnessed two deaths, including a Delhi University student, who had come to celebrate Eid with his family. The area has witnessed violent protests and remains under curfew for the past five days.