A 60 year old shikarawala (boatman) drowned in Kashmir’s river, saved three tourists after his boat capsized in the Jhelum river in Srinagar on Thursday. However, the heroic boatman drowned after he was reportedly forced to go back into the river by the rescued tourists to retrieve a bag, reports Hindustan Times.
Without caring for his life, Guroo jumped into the water and saved everyone..According to a report in the Hindustan Times, the boatman was allegedly forced to jump back into the river to retrieve their bag.
“Ghulam Mohammad Guroo, a resident of Rajbagh locality of the city, drowned while trying to save his tourist customers after his shikara capsized in river Jhelum near Fateh Kadal foot bridge,” a police officer said today.
The tourists apparently didn’t seem to care. After getting back on land, they got into auto-rickshaws and left “never having bothered to find out what happened to him”, reports ABP Live.
“The Shikarawala was saving the tourists and their luggage with the help of another motor boat but unfortunately drowned in the river. All the tourists were rescued,” he said.
It’s been four days, but Guroo’s body remains untraceable and it is feared to have floated several kilometres downstream from the site. TheHindustan Times report Navy divers today joined police and local rescuers to retrieve the body of the Guroos body from the river search operations.
Even as their lives were saved, the tourists coaxed Guroo to dive into the river and rescue their bags, local boatmen said. “You have to see his [Guroo’s] age. He was tired after saving the three persons but he attempted again without caring for his own self,” a police officer told the newspaper. VIA – indiatimes.
Chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti on Monday visited the family of Ghulam Mohammad Guroo, a boatman from Rajbagh who drowned while trying to save his tourists after his shikara capsized in Jhelum near Fateh Kadal foot bridge to offer condolences.” I salute this man who sacrificed his life to save tourists,” said Mehbooba Mufti.