As a dozen passengers lay writhing in pain below the mangled remains of a minibus, 14-year-old Mohit Dwivedi overcame the apathy of the general public and was instrumental in saving five lives.
“I was travelling on a low-floor DTC bus behind the minibus that toppled-over near the signature bridge on Ring Road,” said the class six student of the Sarvodaya Vidyalaya School, Police Lines.
Dwivedi and a dozen other passengers de-boarded the DTC bus immediately after the accident and helped those stuck under it.
“I crawled beneath the minibus and pulled out people as the older male passengers lifted the vehicle. We tried to do the same with Manjeet, too, but the upper part of his body was completely crushed,” Dwivedi, a resident of Sonia Vihar said.
Dwivedi's actual ordeal began 20 minutes after risking his own life to save others' limbs. “Most persons pulled out from beneath the vehicle were seriously injured and we wanted to get them to the nearest hospital; so I began trying to stop cars that were passing by, but none did,” said Mohit.
A desperate Mohit then forced one car after the other to stop by jumping in front of them.
“I would jump in front of an approaching car and beg the driver to take as many victims as possible to hospital.”
Mohit and other volunteers managed to five injured school children to the Sushruta Trauma Centre, two to the Aruna Asaf Ali Hospital and one to the LNJP hospitals.
Truly, Mohit's is a remarkable display of humanity in a city notorious for its apathy.