Saturday, May 27, 2017

Muslim scrap dealer was first to help Fadnavis out of crashed chopper

Latur (Maharashtra): When a chopper carrying Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and five others came crashing down here on Thursday afternoon, the first person to rush to the rescue was small-time scrap dealer Irfan Shaikh, who shouted “Our king (CM) is trapped in the chopper”.
Seeing the chopper hurtle down, Shaikh ran the 100 metre distance to reach the copter in order to rescue those inside. But many others nearby bolted in the opposite direction, fearing the chopper might explode.
The chopper fell from a height of nearly 80 feet in a thick cloud of dust, accompanied by some flashes of light and a loud booming sound.
Unmindful of the risks, the 28-year-old Shaikh sprinted towards the craft.
“The copter door was jammed and could not be opened… I pulled it but it didn’t budge… The Chief Minister then responded by pushing it from inside… Then I managed to force it open from outside… I offered my hand to the CM and helped him step down,” Shaikh told a local media-person, Govind Ingle of Lokmat Group.
26/05/17 IANS/