When most people look the other way and walk on when someone is
involved in a road accident, but Israr, "the saviour on the Lucknow-Delhi highway" remains a rare phenomenon. He has helped
save a staggering 600 lives over the last six years, police say.
The Uttar Pradesh traffic directorate Saturday honoured
40-year-old Israr, popularly known as "Bhura" in the Jyotiba
Phulke Nagar area of Amroha district, at a traffic management
seminar held here .
"Even the local police first informs Bhura, who makes it a point
to reach the site of the accident and rush the injured to the
nearest hospital. According to official records, he was
responsible for saving at least 600 lives in six years," state
traffic director S.K. Shukla said.
Praising Bhura for his services, he said: "Today he is the most
sought after man in Jyotiba Phule Nagar in case of a road
Talking to mediapersons Sunday, Bhura recalled how he was led into
taking up the cause of accident victims.
"What moved me for the first time was the sight of an unattended
accident victim bleeding to death near Gajraula in the summer of
2005. That day I took a resolve to do my bit to save such
victims," Bhura said.
Bhura is a daily wager and has to toil to make both ends meet. But
that does not stop him from going out of his way to ensure that
any accident victim within his reach does not remain unattended.
"I would seek help of my neighbours and other people to at least
help him rush the victim to a nearby hospital," he said.
Bhura is all praise for a local doctor in Amroha, who provided him
with an ambulance whenever needed to take accident victims to
What followed was a chain reaction and over the years, Bhura's
support base has grown by leaps and bounds.
"Today, I have a network of at least 100 people stationed at
different places along the national highway in UP, who are always
ready to offer their services for the injured", Bhura pointed out.
Significantly, most of these are the relatives of those whom Bhura
had saved at some point of time.
Bhura also helps local police to perform the last rites of