‘Sir Piyo Pani, Pani Piyo’: Video of civilian help to soldiers goes viral

SRINAGAR: It has not happened for the first time in Kashmir.

A 2.17 minute video shot from a cell phone shows a lot of Kashmiri youth helped the soldiers who survived after their Casspir armoured vehicle met an accident in a central Kashmir village near Chadoora on Sunday. It shows how the people made them comfortable and helped them quench their thirst.

Grad from the popular video: Three civilians helping a soldier get up and move after an accident in Chadoora.

Piyo Piyo Pani Piyo,” is one of the few voices that are clearly audible in the video.

The video shows a commuter getting water bottle from his car and going to a few soldiers and telling them to drink water. They all take one sip each.

Then one of the persons tells the recorder that they (soldiers) are unwilling to drink the water. “They are scared,” he said. The recorder reacts: “Let us do what we can. We are unlike them.”

The video that has been watched by more than 170 thousand people so far shows the water offering commuter telling them: “Sir Piyo, Pani Piyo.”

One of the commuters is heard telling the soldiers that they should have stopped when they watched a vehicle coming from other side. The soldier then calls the driver names for not doing the same.

“Did they all survive?” one commuter is heard asking the other one, adding, “They survived miraculously. It was a serious accident.” The person is then seen going and helping a soldier get up and move: “Khaday Hou Jav.” And then he is seen helping him move. There are three civilians who are supporting the soldier to get up and move. People surviving falls are normally asked to move in order to see if they have all the bones intact. The entire soldiers are in full battle gear.  Interestingly, the accident that has taken place close to a home, has recorded concerned voices of some women also. There is a women standing on one side of the road to oversee the help.

The anti-mine personnel carrier in which they were traveling had slipped off track and titled severely towards the left. All the soldiers survived but most of them had minor injuries.

The accident was reported near Pahroo in Chadoora. Within seconds after the vehicle met an accident, scores of locals including commuters rushed to the spot and helped the soldiers move out of the vehicle. Casspir is a vehicle that is being manufactured by South African company. It has been inducted into Kashmir almost a decade back. It is mine resistant and can be used even in combats. It has survived of the landmines barring in one case it suffered damages.

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