Human Rights

Brave Salim chased attackers

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Salim, a 27-year-old rickshaw-puller, was carrying two foreign tourists when he noticed the terror attack on Jama Masjid’s Gate No 3. The duo on a black bike fired for a minute. They were tall and robust. When Salim picked up a brick to hit them, they fled away. If he had not shown such presence of mind and courage, there would have been a massacre. The two foreigners had also taken to heels. The police constable who chased the bike riders, Pramod Kumar, has become a key witness along with Salim. According to Salim, the two riders were without helmets. While one had put on a red T-shirt, the other had a raincoat. The pillion-rider first fired on the tourist bus. In the process his gun got jammed and he took out a stengun from his back. When the duo saw that they were being chased, they escaped.

Salim has been awarded by several organisations and police. Not only Zakat Foundation of India but even Vishwa Hindu Parishad rewarded and felicitated him for his exemplary courage. The Zakat Foundation of India promised medical treatment for his ailing wife and free education for his children.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 October 2010 on page no. 11

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