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Harmony in times of hate

india Updated: Aug 18, 2008 01:13 IST
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At a time when Jammu and Kashmir has split on communal lines, a local Muslim relief committee has paid for the treatment of a non-Muslim Bihari labourer and two Amarnath yatris.

The Anchar Relief Committee spent Rs 15,000 on the treatment of a Bihari labourer at the Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Science in Soura Srinagar.

Jitender Kumar of Gopal Gunj in Bihar fell ill on Saturday and was admitted to hospital with chronic pain.
Doctors detected a tumor in his head and advised immediate surgery. The cost of the surgery, medical tests and medicines was estimated to be Rs 15,000. But Kumar had no money. When members of the Anchar team heard of his plight, they approached the hospital management and asked them to go ahead with the surgery.

“We told the hospital management that we will bear all the expenses,” said Ghulam Mohiuddin Balkhi, an office-bearer of the committee.

Another heartwarming tale of Hindu-Muslim brotherhood comes from Pahalgam. Local Muslim labourers here arranged a farewell feast for Amarnath yatris on Saturday, when the two-month pilgrimage concluded.

1,000 families leave Valley

With anti-India slogans gaining ground in Kashmir, at least 1,000 families of migrant labourers have fled the Valley.

Muslim labourers from UP and Bihar had to run for their lives as “some masked men having good accent in Urdu language” threatened them to “leave the Valley or face consequences”.

“We had shifted to Srinagar from Jammu about five years ago as a contractor asked us to work for him. Now, since the Amarnath land row, we have been targetted. We were not even paid our due wages of past three months,” said Elias Ahmed of UP.