GANDERBAL – Thanking people of Kashmir for saving their lives, Hindu pilgrims who witnessed the flash floods after cloudburst hit Baltal Base Camp of Amarnath yatra in Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district said that till the end of their lives they will not forget the gratefulness and valour of local Kashmir people who saved their lives when every non-local, even men in uniform, were running for their lives.
A yatri from Gurdaspur Punjab told CNS that he and his family was present in the camp when suddenly flash floods washed away their tent. “I can’t express in words what my eyes saw. Flash floods not only washed away tents and other items but humans were also swept away by the noisy waters. We cried for help. Everybody was running for cover. Local Kashmiri people emerged at once and saved me and my family members including the two minor kids. How can I thank them. I have no words,” he said.
This reporter talked to a young woman who hails from Mathura, Uttar Pradesh. Looking frail and hungry, Pratibah Devi said that it were local Kashmiri people who saved her life. “My husband and I had never imagined the people (Kashmiri) whom we detest so much will turn out to be our saviours. Friday evening we realized that whatever Indian media reports about the people of Kashmir is based on white lies. Even Hindu organizations indulge in negative propaganda about the people living here. People of Kashmir are not only brave but helpful as well,” she said.
Like Pratibah Devi, other Hindu pilgrims who claim that men in uniform emerged on the scene a bit later unanimously said that they owe their lives to the local people of Kashmir. “With folded hands I express my gratitude to a local Muslim, who saved the life of my 19 year old son Rahul. Never in my life I will forget the helping hand that was extended by Kashmiri people towards us,” said Anil Khana from Chanakyapuri, New Delhi