Delhi firing: Daredevil rickshaw puller rewarded

Saleem Ahmed, the rickshaw puller who chased the armed assailants involved in the Jama Masjid firing episode on Sunday, has finally been rewarded for his heroics.

Last Updated: Sep 21, 2010, 15:53 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Saleem Ahmed, the rickshaw puller who chased the armed assailants involved in the Jama Masjid firing on Sunday, has finally been rewarded for his heroics.

The Delhi Police today announced a cash award of Rs 25,000 for Saleem, who is into his mid-20s and works in the Old Delhi area.

Saleem, with a stone in his hands, along with Delhi Police constable Pramod had tried hard to stop the assailants from fleeing, after they fired at a group of Taiwanese tourists near Gate No 3 of Jama Masjid on Sunday.

"It (chasing away armed assailants with a stone) was an instinctive reaction. I was afraid too but picked up the stones before I could think twice. I know I could have been shot. It is all God`s grace. I hope the men are caught soon," Saleem had told a newspaper.