Srinagar: Amarnath yatris who were brought for treatment to SMHS hospital after their bus met with an accident at Bijbehara, praised the hospitality and care they received at the hands of Kashmiris and described the Kashmiri hospitality as an epitome of humanity.
A group of injured yatris while talking to Kashmir Reader said that they had never witnessed people as kind as Kashmiris in their entire lives, and that it was only due to efforts of locals of Bijbehara that they were alive. “Humne army aur CRPF waalon ko rokne ki bohut koshish kee magar ek saaley ney bhi madad nahi ki (We tried to stop army and CRPF vehicles for help but none of the buggers stopped),” they said.
While praising the valiant efforts of people of Bijbehara, the yatris said, “It was the locals who saved our lives. On hearing our cries a group of locals came and helped us. We will be indebted to them forever, as they risked their lives in the curfew to save us,” one of the pilgrims said.
The yatris were all praise for the way they were treated by the Kashmiris volunteering in the hospital. “Given the media rhetoric, I never expected this treatment from volunteers here. Truly, Kashmiris are an example of humanity in this inhuman world,” said Umesh, a resident of Meerut.
As soon as the ambulances carrying the injured yatris reached the SMHS hospital in Srinagar, volunteers swung into action and immediately carried the yatris to various wards of the hospital. A local volunteer who was carrying the injured to the emergency ward said that although he was angry with the way India was treating Kashmiris, his conscience did not allow him to act like “Indians”.
Not only volunteers but attendants of the patients at the hospital also provided utmost help to the yatris. Nusrat, an attendant of a patient, was seen shouldering one of the women yatris named Veena who had injuries in her back and neck. She said that Islam taught her to help anyone irrespective of their religion. “These people are innocent,” Nusrat said of the Hindu pilgrims. “It is their government that is crossing every limit of humanity and killing the innocents here. I could not bear to see her writhe in pain. Being a woman, I took it upon myself to help her,” she said.
Basit, a volunteer who was holding the urine bag of an injured yatri while ferrying him to the emergency ward, said that it was in his nature to help the needy. “No matter what nationality a person belongs to, as long as he is a human I am going to help him. No doubt Indians are killing us but we are people who even help our killers,” he said.