As terror struck a bus carrying Amarnath Yatris on Monday night, the bus driver managed to save lives of 50 people and moved them to a safer place even as terrorists continued to fire bullets frantically at the vehicle.
At least seven people were killed and 19 others were injured after terrorists attacked a bus ferrying Amarnath Yatra pilgrims in Anantnag, Jammu, and Kashmir. It would have taken more innocent lives if a bus driver named Salim would not have shown exemplary courage. The driver drove the bus to a safer spot amid the indiscriminate firing of bullets.
Realizing that stopping the bus will lead to dangerous consequence; Salim drove for almost two kilometers on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway before he reached an army camp. The terror attack took place around 8 in the evening.
Narrating the tragic incident, Salim Mirza said: The militants 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 and courage.
Salim, who also belongs to Gujarat, said he escaped unharmed in the incident while another passenger seated beside him was injured. The chief minister of Gujarat Vijay Rupani also lauded Salim for his bravery. He said “I want to thank the bus driver for saving lives of people even when there was firing going on. We will nominate his name for the bravery award.”