Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: A 68-year-old woman, Tulja Bai, who saved four members of a Muslim family during the recent communal riots in Bhainsa of Adilabad district was presented the ‘sahasa nari’ award by the government at the Andhra Pradesh State Formation Day celebrations here on Saturday.

Rescue operations

Tulja Bai had rescued a woman, her three daughters and a son when they were trapped in raging flames after a violent mob set fire to their house in the afternoon of October 10.

She was a neighbour of the family whose breadwinner Syed Osman was away at that time.

As cries of the inmates of the house rent the air amidst blaze and stone-pelting by rival groups, Tulja Bai rushed there and knocked at their door to offer help.

As Osman’s younger son opened the door, she rescued the inmates and provided them shelter at her house till the evening.

Honoured

Osman returned home after peace was restored around 7 p.m. and took the harried family members to his brother’s house.

Tulja Bai was being honoured for displaying valour in saving the family risking her own life, read the citation, during her felicitation by Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy.