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Braveheart: Windfall for rickshaw-puller

delhi Updated: Sep 23, 2010 01:30 IST
Zia Haq
Zia Haq
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Cash, along with compliments, is pouring heavily for Mohammed Salim, the rickshaw-puller who hurled stones at suspected terrorists to thwart them, as they opened fire on a tourist bus near the Jama Masjid on Sunday.

Zakat Foundation, one of the country's largest Muslim charities, on Wednesday gave Salim R50,000 for "demonstrating bravery". Delhi Police have also announced a reward of R25,000. Most rickshaw-pullers hire their cycles on a daily basis from rickshaw-owning cartels.

Salim is elated at an unexpected chance to join this 'elite club'. "I think I will buy a rickshaw of my own," he said. The foundation will also bear expenses toward treating his wife, a tuberculosis patient, and will also adopt his two children and send them its school.