Srinagar: Relatives of pilgrims injured in an accident in Bijbehara some days back have expressed joy and surprise over the treatment meted out to their kin by the locals.
Shyam Sundar Tyagi of Ghaziabad, who has come to see his injured nephew admitted in a Srinagar hospital said that he was pleasantly surprised at the hospitality of Kashmiris as he was advised against visiting Kashmir during unrest. “My friends and relatives advised me not to visit the valley but I had made up my mind to find out how my injured nephew was,” Tyagi said.
He said on reaching the valley, he found a new facet of Kashmiri hospitality and humanity. “We have been made to feel at home. Around 400 people have visited us so far and all of them sought our well being,” he said.
He said that he never expected that their injured relatives would be treated the way they have been in Kashmir.
“First it were the locals, who risked their lives and brought the injured to the hospital. Then the volunteers treated the injured like their brothers and sisters. Now even we are being treated so well that we have no words to express our gratitude to the people here,” said overwhelmed Tyagi.
Another visitor who identified himself as Amit from Meerut, Uttar Pradesh told Kashmir Reader that they were apprehensive of visiting Kashmir as Media portrayed a wrong picture of Kashmiris. “Media is showing a wrong picture to the world. We were told Kashmiris are terrorists and that the Kashmiri Muslims had stopped the Yatra but the fact which we saw is that Kashmiris are most hospitable people in the world.”
Amit has a special mention for the volunteers calling them as angels on earth. “So many volunteers came to us insisting for provide free food and medicine. Not only did they provide us basic commodities but they were even ready to donate their blood,” he added
He said that thanks to the hospitality and warmth of the locals, they had no fear roaming in Kashmir.