Bareilly, November 27: Even as debate about intolerance and treatment of minorities rages on in the country, a group of Muslims has shown the way to communal harmony with a single benevolent gesture. On Wednesday, these men quietly bailed out 15 Hindu men, who were languishing in the district jail because they had been unable to pay their fines. Most of these men had been arrested for petty crimes and the Muslim men pooled in money to bail them out of their misery.Also Read - Locals In Gurugram Sector 12 Protest Against Namaz At Public Place, Raise Slogans

According to a report in the Times of India, the Muslims collected a total of 50,000 rupees, to pay the collective fines of all the 15 Hindu men. The men had been forced to serve a sentence as they had been unable to pay the fine for their respective offences. But once the fines were paid, these men were freed and went home to their families, with more than just a lesson in communal harmony. The Muslims did not just bail their Hindu brothers out, but also waited outside the jail to welcome the ex-convicts with open arms and warm hugs. It was a terrific sight, with smiles and tears in equal measure. Also Read: Dadri Lynching: Disturbed over incident, Hindu man performs Mohammad Akhlaq’s ‘Pind Daan’ in Gaya Also Read - THIS Metro Gets Highest Single-Day Ridership Post COVID-19 Lockdown

Some of the men were also given a small sum as pocket money, to cover the expenses of their journeys back home to their villages. It was the thoughtfulness of one Haji Yasin Qureshi, that lead to this kind gesture that was executed with the help of his friends. “When we learnt of their plight from jail authorities, we decided that we should do what we could. We are never guided by the feeling that our efforts should be directed only towards members of our own community. We believe that if we help in releasing a man from captivity, Allah will bless us. Moreover, what better occasion than a time when there is all this talk about who should live in this country and who should leave”, Qureshi told the Times of India. Also Read - GNIDA Imposes Rs 2 Lakh Penalty to Private Contractor For Improper Maintenance Along Greater Noida Road