Srinagar, October 03, 2014 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, Pandit Ajay Kumar, a priest at a temple, in Lal Chowk area of Srinagar, has said that no one except the JKLF Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, and his associates came to his rescue after he was trapped inside the three-storey temple along with his family and nearly 150 paying guests when devastating floods hit the city on September 7.
Pandit Ajay Kumar, who hails from Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh, in a media interview in Srinagar said that the guests were all students who had come to Srinagar for counselling. He said that when the water started rising in Lal Chowk at 9:30 on September 7, he shifted the guests to the top floor, but could save very little ration from store in ground floor.
He said that Initially he did not panic and thought that water would not stay for long and that someone would come to their rescue if needed but the situation turned worse when water level surged above first floor and their ration exhausted by that evening.
“I did not see anyone coming to Lal Chowk till next day for our rescue. There was no rescue operation going on anywhere. Suddenly, on September 8 evening, I saw Yasin Malik along with his associates in a makeshift boat visiting the temple. He provided us ration including rice, flour, biscuits, pulses, drinking water and even candles,” the priest said.
He said that his 12-year-old son was suffering from a particular disease and needed a particular medicine, but that day he had nothing to give him. “I requested Yasin Malik if he could arrange that medicine. He told me not to worry and that night at 9:30 pm he appeared in the boat again with a strip of tablets,” Kumar said.
For next three days, he said, Yasin Malik made several visits to the temple and offered every service. “I can say that he was sent to us from Baghwan (God),” said Kumar. He said that in his hometown of Ayodhya, the Hindus consider Muslims as second grade citizens, but in Kashmir it was Muslims who helped the Hindus and saved their lives.
The priest said that he had every reason to shower praises on the JKLF Chairman as no one except him came to their rescue in floods.
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