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Meet Salim, who risked his life to save Amarnath Yatris

  • Mrinalini Singh
  • July 11, 2017
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If not for the presence of mind and courage of one man, Monday’s terror attack on a bus ferrying Amarnath yatris would have claimed more lives. If Salim, the driver of the bus ferrying Amjarnath Yatris, had not acted wisely and shown exemplary courage, the brazen terror attack would have certainly claimed more innocent lives. Salim, the Gujarati driver of the bus that was ferrying the passengers, has now emerged as a hero by saving so many innocent lives while risking his own.

Salim drove through the raging bullets. Understanding that stopping only meant more damage, Salim continued to drive amidst the terror attack and took his passengers to safety. If not for his decision to drive to safety, the number of casualties could have been far worse. Despite the indiscriminate firing, Salim drove for nearly two kilometers before stopping near an army camp.

According to the survivors of the horrific attack, Salim drove for nearly two kilometers before stopping near an army camp. “I spoke to the passengers and they were all praises for the driver. He drove despite the firing and took them to safety. It made a lot of difference and lives were saved. He did not stop. Had he stopped, more lives could have been lost,” Munir Khan, IG, Kashmir, told reporters.

The Jammu and Kashmir police also stated that reports of the bus not being registered were far from the truth. “The bus was very much registered for Amarnath Yatra and they were also in a convoy. “They had finished their darshan just two days ago and had plans of visiting a few tourist places. Yes, they were on a different route than the yatra route but the bus was registered and in a convoy,” Munir Khan added. Arrangements have been made for the pilgrims to be airlifted from Kashmir.

At a testing time, Salim emerged the true hero for the yatris. Despite being in the line of fire, Salim chose to ferry the pilgrims to safety, his is a story of not just miraculous survival but of heroism.

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