Srinagar: The outbreak of communal violence and days of curfew in Kishtwar have thrown life out of gear. As smoke billowed out and rioters had a free day, many struggled to find a safe place.
Jaipur resident Kallu Ram and Irshad Ahmad of Uttar Pradesh, who are friends and business partners, were heading back from Gulabgarh with their families when the violence erupted. They had planned to put up their cart at Chowgan to attract Eid shoppers.
The shrine of Sufi Hazrat Shah Mohammad Assar-ud-Din Baghdi, revered equally by Hindus and Muslims, provided shelter to many distressed people. Good samaritans too helped anguished families.
"I am shocked to see how this communal violence broke out. I saw the kids weeping and brought them home. We assured them that they should not be afraid. They are safe. Politicians should not play politics, we stand for brotherhood between different communities," said Ghulam Qadir, a local.
Stranded Czech residents Aleshilik and his wife Marketa too were rescued and escorted by the Army to Jammu. "We wanted to leave but we are stranded," Aleshilik said.
In the worst of the situations like the one in Kishtwar, politicians look for an opportunity to further their agendas while good samaritans uphold dignity and selflessness. The tribe of the latter should grow.