A 13-year-old boy, who along with his mother tackled a knife-wielding man, was recognised for his bravery by the local police on Sunday.
Dishant Mehndiratta, student of Class 7, took on a man when he tried to commit robbery at his home after holding a knife to his mother’s neck on Saturday after noon.
Commissioner of police OP Singh visited their residence in Sector 20 and honoured Dishant with a commendation certificate and a bouquet for displaying extraordinary bravery.
Dishant said that he did not panic and did whatever was required to save his mother. Lauding her son, Archana said that she was alive because of the bravery shown by her son.
Dishant and his mother Archana (41), who works with Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) in Manimajra, were at home while his father Ravinder, who works as a chartered accountant in Baddi, was not when the incident occurred.
The accused, Manish Kumar, a resident of Pinjore, entered the house on pretext of meeting Ravinder. Recounting the incident, Archana, said that the accused took out a knife and put it on her neck and asked her to give all valuables, jewellery and ATM cards to him.
Archana said that she called Dishant for help. Dishant, who was watching TV in other room, came to his mother’s rescue. Displaying a great presence of mind, Dishant fell on miscreant’s feet and pleaded him to leave his mother. He suddenly pulled his leg and snatched the knife from the accused. Archana and Dishant overpowered the accused and raised an alarm. Their neighbours rushed to their rescue.
The police was informed and the accused was arrested. Dishant sustained injuries on his chin and shoulder.
CP OP Singh said, “We salute the fight-back spirit of Dishant and his mother. They kept their calm in a dangerous situation and got better of an armed intruder. Nothing can be braver. I awarded a Class 1 commendation certificate to the boy in recognition of his gallantry of highest order in an extremely precarious situation.”
He urged that people should be careful about letting in strangers in their homes and must have physical barriers like door chains and peepholes to detect and prevent rogues from barging in.
Meanwhile, the accused was produced in the court and sent to a two-day police remand. SHO Sector 20 police station sub-inspector Subhash said that they want to ascertain whether the accused is involved in any other incident. A case under Section 394 (causing hurt in robbery), Section 506 (criminal intimidation) and Section 452 (house trespassing) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), and Arms Act has been registered at Sector 20 police station.