Boatman Drowns Saving Tourists

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SRINAGAR: Ghulam Mohammad Guroo, a 55-year-old Kashmiri boatman, 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.

What’s even worse — 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 said. 

Sixty-year-old Ghulam Mohammad, was on Jhelum on his shikara with three tourists on Wednesday  when suddenly, the boat capsized. Puting his life at risk Muhammad saved the tourists. However according to witnesses, tourists allegedly insisted Muhammad to dive back into the water and get their bag. Muhammad obliged but this time he was swept away.

Police said unidentified tourists left the spot in a hurry. Muhammad’s body has not been recovered yet, and it is feared that his body could have been swept away many kilometres downstream from the accident spot due to strong current. Muhammad is survived by his siblings. His grieving family have accused the tourists of being ‘heartless’.

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