July 13, 2017

Bus Driver of Amarnath attack rewarded Rs.5 lakh .

by Prince Chandran

The Jammu and Kashmir government amd the Amarnath shrine Board have announced a reward of Rs.5 lakh for the bus driver Saleem which was under attack from terrorists on Monday.

Such a brave act from Saleem for driving the bus through the rain of bullets and not stopping the bus until it reached a military camp. Many survivors  has claimed that the death toll would have been raised if Saleem would have stopped the bus.

“Given a chance, I will go back again on Amarnath Yatra,I just did my duty,Out of the blue, it started raining bullets…for a fraction of a second my mind went blank. But I heard Harsh yelling – Java do, Java do (keep moving, keep moving),” Saleem recounted. “I ducked and kept driving.”But Harsh took three bullets and is now under treatment.

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“But when it’s a question of life and death, it brings out the best in you,” said Saleem, who has driven tourists across the country. “I have been driving for long. I know nothing else.”

The Jammu and Kashmir government and Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) has separately announced rewards of total Rs. 5 lakh for Sheikh Saleem, the driver of the bus of Amarnath pilgrims which came under terror attack. The rewards have been announced for Mr Gafoor for displaying exemplary alertness and courage by which he saved several lives as he continued to drive the bus in the midst of firing by the terrorists.

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The state government also announced ex-gratia compensation of Rs. six lakh each to the kin of those killed, Rs. two lakh for those seriously injured and Rs. one lakh for those with minor injuries, an official spokesman said.

The Governor also announced relief of Rs. five lakh to the next of kin of those killed, Rs. 1.50 lakh to those who suffered serious injuries and Rs. 75,000 for those with minor injuries, the spokesman said.    

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