Pune: Pushing caste barriers aside, when it came to volunteering for the rescue operations at the disaster site in Malin, various groups of Sikh and Muslim communities camped at the village to provide food and water to the rescue forces and waiting relatives.
Rescue workers have been working tirelessly for four days now, but the remote location had no provisions even for the basic amenities like food and water. In the time of disaster, people from different religions are coming forward to provide help.
A group of 25-30 Sikhs were working to provide food and water to the rescue team and others from Thursday night. "Help from anywhere is a must in such times. The soldiers and rescue workers are working hard to rescue people and save their lives. In return we should do whatever we can. At such times, help should be given and taken by all – irrespective of what caste they are," said G S Gill, member of the Gurudwara.
Similarly, sending the message of peace for all, a Muslim group named Jamat – e – Islam had come on Saturday to do their bit. They visited the school where the survivors of the landslide were living and distributed food and water. "The victims, their relatives and the rescue team all need good food and water for stamina. All of us need to come forward and help, leaving all barriers behind," said Sheikh Imraan Husaain, one of the group members.
The group members met all the relatives and consoled them as well. "This is natures work that we cannot counter. All we can do is show some humanity to the ones suffering and pray that they pass this phase with strength," added Hussain.