Allah gave me strength, says driver Salim who saved 50 Amarnath pilgrims from terrorists

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July 11, 2017

The terror attack on the bus of Amarnath yatris in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday evening would have claimed more innocent lives had it not been for the exemplary courage shown by Salim Sheikh, the driver of the bus, who drove the pilgrims to safety amid indiscriminate firing of bullets by militants.

It was about 8.20 pm. A white-coloured bus (GJ09Z9979) with 56 Amarnath pilgrims on board was travelling from Srinagar to Jammu. The bus was not officially registered with the Amarnath Shrine Board for the pilgrimage and was without police escort.

As soon as the bus reached near Khanabal, 3-5 terrorists opened fire. It was pitch-dark outside and raining bullets. However, driver Salim Sheikh kept his cool. Realising that halting the bus will have dangerous consequences, Salim drove for nearly two kilometres on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway before he reached an army camp. The attack left seven dead and over 30 injured.

‘Allah gave me strength’

“The terrorist first fired from the front with the intention to eliminate the driver. I ducked sideways to escape the bullets and drove ahead. I do not know how I got the strength to go on at that time. Maybe Allah helped me and gave me strength,” Salim told media persons as he stepped out of an IAF plane that brought the deceased as well as those injured in the attack to Surat, Gujarat, Tuesday afternoon.

Salim, who also belongs to Gujarat, said he escaped unharmed in the incident while another passenger seated beside him was injured.

Bravery Award

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani today praised bus driver Salim Sheikh for showing immense courage and saving lives of nearly 50 Amarnath pilgrims.

"Want to thank bus driver for saving lives of people. Will nominate his name for bravery award," Rupani told reporters at Surat airport where he received those injured in the terror attack.

“I spoke to the passengers and they were all praise for the driver. He drove despite the firing and took them to safety. It made a lot of difference and many lives were saved. He did not stop. Had he stopped, more lives could have been lost,” said Munir Khan, IG, Kashmir.

Family is proud

Salim’s family in Gujarat is also proud him. His cousin, Javed, said that Salim called him around 9.30 PM informing the family about the firing on the bus. “He couldn’t save seven lives but managed to move 50 people to a safe place. We are proud of him,” Javed added.

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Holy cow
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Thursday, 13 Jul 2017

What else does bjp want other than boycotting peace. It never wants peace between Hindus and Muslims. and also Hindus following their agenda of hindu rashtra which will never happen. Looks like they want more violence to finally get Muslims out of their country. Remember Muslim ruled for 800 years and if they wanted to make India a Muslim rashtra, they could have done it easily. Gandus open your mind

Sahil
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Thursday, 13 Jul 2017

Not clear that RSS did the bombing. But clearly written that CMI bombed RSS and BJP offices and killed 1 bjp person. So terrorist are CPI workers. All cpi workers should be killed.

Mani
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Thursday, 13 Jul 2017

Dont you have shame Nirmala . its only a state ...all over INDIA your ideological fanatics killing innocents in the name of COW Matha .....stop that first ....

Its all because of RSS dirty ideology ...where chanting kill kill kill and kill is nationalism .......

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September 17,2020

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Mangaluru, Sept 17: In order to check damages to people living along the coastal areas, the state government would come out with a permanent solution to prevent sea erosion, Infrastructure Development Department, Ports and Inland Fisheries Principal Secretary and Maritime Board Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kapil Mohan told the media here.

The Principal Secretary, who took stock of the ongoing works to prevent sea erosion on Wednesday, said using technology, a permanent solution against sea erosion would be implemented.

He further said that such a work has been taken up at Mukkacharry in Ullal, which did not witness any sea erosion.

He also inspected the ADB-funded 635 metres and 10 metres long wall being constructed at a total cost of Rs 18.02 crore at Mukkacherry in Ullal.

Meanwhile, Mr Mohan instructed the officials to ensure that high quality was maintained in the ongoing works. With such walls being planned in most places, the problem of sea erosion along the coast could be reduced, he stated.

Mr Mohan visited Tannirubhavi, Bharati Shipyard, Bengre Jetty, Someshwara, Uchhila, Battapady and Mukkacherry the costal belts.

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September 24,2020

Bengaluru, Sep 24: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested two Superintendents and one Inspector, all working in the office of Commissioner, Central Goods & Service Tax, Central Excise, Belgaum (Karnataka) on charges of allegdly accepting a bribe of Rs 5 lakh for showing official favour.

A case was registered on a complaint against a Superintendent of GST, Belgaum; an Inspector, GST, Belgaum and others on the allegations that the accused visited the complainant's factory and demanded bribe of Rs 20 lakh for not filing the required GST amount.

CBI laid a trap and caught the Inspector while accepting a bribe of Rs Five lakh from the complainant as a first instalment. In a follow up action, two Superintendents were also caught. Searches at the office & residential premises of accused at Belgaum and Ghaziabad are in progress, according to a CBI release here on Thursday.

All the arrested will be produced before the Jurisdictional Court at Dharwad on Thursday.

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September 20,2020

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Udupi, Sept 20: Relentless downpour has caused massive flooding in the coastal district of Udupi throwing normal life out of gear, with all low-lying areas under four to eight feet of water. National Disaster Response Force was called in for rescue efforts as four villages in Udupi taluk were inundated.

According to Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Cell dashboard, up to 64.5 mm rainfall was recorded since 8.30 am of Sunday morning in several pockets of coastal region.

The District Collector has directed the citizens affected by the extreme weather to contact the emergency number 1077, to receive help from the assigned control room. The parking area at Udupi Krishna Mata and the city’s national highway routes have been completely waterlogged due to the heavy rains. Several shops and godowns in the district have been flooded.

Extreme rainfall has resulted in the sinking of 3 boats, causing heavy damages ranging in lakhs of rupees. During this ordeal, the fishermen managed to rescue themselves by seeking refuge in the rocks and boulders by the sea.

The road at Gundibail has worsened due to the rains. Udupi-Manipal main roads have deteriorated, while many shops and houses at Badagupete have experienced flooding.

Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa directed officials from Udupi and Bengaluru Urban district to take measures to prevent any untoward incidents. According to a release from the CMO, Yediyurappa spoke to BBMP administrator Gaurav Gupta over phone, with instructions to prevent flooding along storm water drains of the city. All officials should be available round the clock as rainfall is forecast to continue in the city, the CM said.

He spoke to Udupi DC G Jagadeesh to review the rescue efforts being carried out in the district. Udupi and other coastal districts have received very heavy rainfall over the past two days.

Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai told reporters in Udupi that army helicopters will be used for rescue efforts if required. Due to heavy rainfall in the Western Ghats, rivers are in spate. Several bridges in Karkala taluk, Udupi district were washed away, he said. Efforts are on to rescue the staff at Baje Hydro Project in the district who are stranded in the flood waters.

India Meteorological Department has issued red alert for very heavy rainfall in coastal districts till Tuesday, and in Malnad districts till Monday. Extremely heavy rainfall events exceeding 204.5 mm rainfall per day is also likely in isolated parts of these districts, along with thundershowers.

Also Read: DK faces massive destruction due to heavy rain; road was split in two near Mangaluru

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