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Hindu man saves Muslim neighbours from torched house, fighting for life

  • Published at 06:45 pm February 27th, 2020
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Firefighters douse the burning wreckage of a shop at a tyre market after it was set on fire by a mob in a riot affected area after clashes erupted between people demonstrating for and against a new citizenship law in New Delhi, India, February 26, 2020 Reuters

As soon as Premkant Baghel saw his neighbour's house set afire, he rushed to their help

India’s capital Delhi has seen sporadic violence over the last few days due to the clashes between the pro and anti Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protesters that claimed 33 lives.

There were moments when few people came out of their way to support those in need and offered help in every difficult situation. In one such case, a Hindu man saved his of his six Muslim neighbours from being burnt to death when an angry mob set their houses on fire, reports India Times.

As soon as Premkant Baghel saw his neighbour's house set afire, he rushed to their help.

He stated that the Hindu-Muslim communities live in peace and harmony in Shiv Vihar but the riots brought out a different side.

Miscreants threw petrol bombs and set Muslim houses ablaze. When Baghel found out about the incident, he ventured out to save the lives of people trapped inside the burning house.

Baghel, risking his own life, saved six of his neighbours from being burnt to death in the fire.

Meanwhile, he was injured, suffering severe burns, while saving his friend's aged mother who was trapped inside.

Even though Baghel saved several lives, no one offered a vehicle to take him to a hospital. The neighbours called an ambulance but the vehicle never reached them.

Baghel spent the entire night in his house with 70% burns. His friends and family had given up hope. In the morning, he was taken to Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) Hospital, where he was given immediate medical attention.

Even as Baghel is fighting for his own life, he says he is happy for being able to save his friend's mother's life.

Delhi Gurdwaras also had opened their doors to Muslim families who were forced to leave their homes. There were even offered food and other help to survive the turmoil.