Pahalgam, June 1: The sacrifice of a tourist guide in Kashmir impressed one and all while government announced a cash reward for the brave-heart in wake of his bravery and courage posthumously.
Pertinently, a Toursit guide who saved five tourists in the gushing waters of Lidder river in Pahalgam drowned and his body was retrieved during morning hours on Saturday.
Rouf Ahmad Dar, the brave tourist guide successfully saved five tourists including two foreigners but lost his own life, reflecting the spirit of Kashmiri hospitality.
On Friday evening, a rafting boat capsized at Movera Pahalgam. Dar displayed courage and saved all the tourists, but lost his own life. His dead body was fished out from River Lidder in Amad-Zoo area of Pahalgam.
“My salute to this braveheart Rauf Ahmad Dar. He saved the tourists from his capsized raft but lost his own life in the process. May Allah grant him the highest place in Jannat,” tweeted former Jammu Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.
Chairman Peoples Conference Sajad Gani Lone hailed his courage and bravery.
Lone said the deceased is the real hero and will be an inspiration in selflessness and our tradition of hospitality.
“A Very sad incident. My tributes to the exemplary courage bravery and dedication of Rouf Ahmed. He sacrificed his own life to save the lives of our guests. He is the real hero who will be an inspiration in selflessness and our tradition of hospitality.May Allah grant him Jannat,” Lone tweeted.
District Development Commissioner Pulwama,
Syed Abid Rasheed Shah also hailed the role played by the brave heart in rescuing the tourists.
Advisor to Jammu and Kashmir Governor, Khurshid Ahmad Ganai announced that the tourist guide will be awarded posthumously.
Ganai, who heads the tourism department, said he has also announced monetary help for the family of the deceased.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Basser Ahmad Khan also announced Rs 2 lakh as an immediate relief in favour of the bereaved family