June 14th, 2016
60-year-old Ghulam Mohammad Guroo had to pay the price for upholding the rich principles of hospitality in Kashmir on Thursday.
The veteran shikarawala saved the lives of three tourists from drowning in the water of Jhelum river, but could not manage to save his own life after he was forced to jump back into the river to retrieve the bags of the tourists. Three days have passed since the incident, but his body still remains untraceable.
Guroo had taken three tourists for shikara ride to the old Srinagar city. Lack of balance caused the boat to be capsized near old Fathe Kadal and the tourists fell in the river. Without really caring for his life, Guroo jumped into the water to rescue the tourists. Another motor boat also was helping Guroo to handle the situation. He had rescued the tourists by that time.
He was forced to jump into the river again to rescue the bags of the tourists. However, the gushing waters swept him away and since then he is missing.
Meanwhile, a spate of mourning has descended in the lives of Guroo’s family members. They are still eagerly waiting for his body to be fished out of Jhelum. The police are working hard to recover his body. However, the hope seems to be very less. On the other hand, the tourists once back on land, they just got into auto rickshaws and left.
As per reports in tribuneindia, the attestation of Guroo’s bravery came from the highest quarters of the state government as Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti visited his grieving family. “By his sacrifice, this man has shown the real image of Kashmir. I salute this brave man and assure his family that the government will do whatever is possible to help them,” she said.
The Logical Indian is aggrieved by the lack of thoughtfulness of the tourists. They considered their luggage to be more important than the life of a 60-year-old man. Their decision lacks sensitivity. We urge our readers to be thoughtful and considerate about the senior citizens of our country. Let’s take a pledge to treat them kindly and not give them any laborious task to do.