Former Mayor immerses ashes of 100 deceased people in Devak

Former Mayor, Rajinder Sharma taking unclaimed ashes for immersion in Devak.
Former Mayor, Rajinder Sharma taking unclaimed ashes for immersion in Devak.

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 21: Moving a step towards humanity, senior BJP leader and former Mayor of Jammu city, Rajinder Sharma immersed the 80 ashes of unclaimed deceased persons along with 20 other people whose loved ones due to certain reasons were unable to immerse the same with proper rituals.
Sharma along with volunteers of Sewa Samiti loaded the 100 ashes in an ambulance and proceeded towards holy religious place of Purmandal for immersion in the pious waters of Dewak.
The noble gesture went viral on social media applauding the former Mayor for the humanitarian move.
Speaking on the occasion Rajinder Sharma said “It is really a matter of concern that in a society like Jammu we are having such persons who fail to afford for immersion rituals of their loved ones”.
“There are so many social organisations, philanthropists, volunteers and others in Jammu who may easily help such needy people but how come that such a startling information didn’t reach them,” he said adding that such people should not feel themselves helpless as entire Jammu is one in such circumstances and all are willing and ready to help others.
“We should come out of our egos, rivalries and other negativities to help our immediate neighbour or anyone else if we know that he/she us in need,. No caste, religion, community or other cause should corrupt our mind when it comes to help someone in the need,” he continued.
Sharma further said “If we are religious then it is our first duty to help such needy persons as all the religions preach to help the needy so that the humanity may survive”.
All the ashes including unclaimed and those whose relatives failed to get them immersed were immersed in Devak at Purmandal following proper rituals.
He said that there are many elders in Jammu who are living alone as their children are out for jobs or other reasons and they always fear that what will happen to them after they leave the world.
“May God bless such elders with long and healthy life but if something happens they should remember that society in Jammu has not fallen as of now and moral values still exist among us,” former Mayor maintained.
J&K Seva Samiti, Jogi Gate members who performed rituals at Purmandal were Rakesh Sharma, general secretary, Girdhari Bargotra, senior vice president, Joginder Sharma ,secretary, Sumit Seharan, secretary under the guidance of Surinder Sehran, President and Darshan Singh, vice- president.