Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Muslim boys died saving Hindu girl from drowning

Grief united people of different religion in UP's most communally sensitive town Moradabad came together for the funeral of two Muslim youths who died trying to rescue a Hindu girl, Suman from drowning, although they could not save her.

The three bodies were recovered by the Army after a 36-hour operation on Sunday ¬ Danish and Noman have become martyrs in the eyes of Hindus and Muslims alike.

While Hindu women showered petals from rooftops as the funeral procession of the two young men passed through the city's streets, men from the community lent a shoulder to their `janaza.' “For me, the two are real-life heroes, “said Sakshi Mehrotra, a resident.

“Even if someone is dying on the road, people of this city remain mute spectators. But the boys proved life is more important than petty religious differences. “

There was heavy police deployment for the procession that began soon after special prayers for the boys. Clerics also read out prayers for the family of Suman and the jawans of the Army who had been involved in the operations.

“We hope that the communal amity which this event has triggered remains in our city, “said Ikram Qureshi, a local leader. Officials told the media that Rs 5lakh would be provided to the families of each of the deceased, besides a government job for one family member each.
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