Samaritans who rushed stab victims to hospital rewarded

Samaritans who rushed stab victims to hospital rewarded

Two people, who had taken Deepak Rao and Abdul Basheer to the hospital immediately after they were stabbed, were honoured by an advocate from Kalaburagi, by issuing cheques for Rs 50,000 each.

Advocate P Vilas Kumar had issued the cheques in the names of Abdul Majid and Shekar Kulal and has sent them to Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner Sasikanth Senthil, to be given to the duo. Vilas Kumar could not visit as Mangaluru is situated far away from Kalaburagi.

In his letter to the deputy commissioner, Vilas Kumar has said, "When the district was boiling due to communal disturbances, Majid and Shekar have proved themselves to be real humanist and secular persons. Majid tried his best to save the life of Deepak Rao so also Shekar tried to save the life of Basheer by shifting them to hospital. The message given by the duo will go a long way in the district. Both of them have taken a risk of their lives, unmindful of the fact that person who is battling for life belongs to a different religion and has been attacked by anti social elements."

Further, he has said, "The duo have set an example of saving the lives of person belonging to other religion particularly in Dakshina Kannada district. It was a slap on all those who are trying to create communal disturbances. The efforts and risk taken by them are exemplary in nature. These two people really need appreciation not only from all those who believe in secularism and humanity but also from government in power. But for the distance of more than 800-km and for pre-occupation, I would have come over personally to greet and wish them."

Deepak Rao was working under Abdul Majeed in SIM and currency distribution business. Majid hails from Katipalla. "After hearing the cry of Deepak Rao, I rushed to him, called a friend and rushed him to the hospital. I could not save him. The cheque was not needed," Majid said.

Shekar Kulal from Akashabhavana owns a private ambulance. "When I was passing Kottara Chowki, I saw Basheer lying in a pool of blood. I immediately rushed him to the hospital and later informed the police. I had seen Basheer at Akashabhavana as we hail from the same locality. However, I had not spoken to him. I know his son very well," he added.

Deepak Rao was killed at Katipalla, Suratkal, on January 3 while Abdul Basheer was attacked at Kottara Chowki on the same evening, and succumbed to the injuries on January 7.

DCP (Law and Order) Hanumantharaya said that it is the duty of the public to help a person in trouble. "The police will always support such good Samaritans. We will also ensure that the good Samaritans do not face any legal hurdles during the course of investigation," the officer said.

Additional DC Kumar was present.

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