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Saviour of four children battling for life

WHEN THE Brand India consumer fair in Meerut's Victoria Park went up in flames on Monday, a teenager did not jump out of the inferno.

india Updated: Apr 12, 2006 01:13 IST
S. Raju

WHEN THE Brand India consumer fair in Meerut's Victoria Park went up in flames on Monday, a teenager did not jump out of the inferno.

Seventeen-year-old Zaved's concern was to save the lives of four children screaming for help. The children are safely home but Zaved is battling for life in the intensive care unit of Sushila Jaswant Rai hospital.

MoS for Home Sri Prakash Jaiswal, who visited the hospital, appreciated the act of courage shown by Zaved, the saviour, and said he would be recommended for the National Bravery Award.

There are many who reiterate Jaiswal's words. Dr Rajeev Aggarwal, who is treating Zaved, who has 80 per cent burns, says the boy did not care for his own life and preferred saving the lives of the four trapped children. The children and their parents came forward with the story of Zaved's valour. "We are doing our best to save his life," says Aggarwal. Zaved, a Class XII student who hails from Buddha Marg in Mandawli, Delhi, and his friend Arif Choudhary had put up a stall of health equipment at the fair. "When the fire broke out, everyone rushed to the door but Zayed took out the children one by one and then fainted," said Arif.

Zaved had a passion for social work since childhood, recalls his father Mizaz, who had come down from Delhi with his son Raja, and waiting anxiously before the ICU.

There were many bravehearts on black Monday. Veerpal, a firefighter, suffered 60 per cent burns while trying to douse the fire.
Many are missing and people are waiting for news of their relatives who were at the fair. They are searching hospitals and morgues. Those who are missing are Pankaj Gupta (35), Manak Chand Jain (65), Salil Kapoor (37), Y.P.O. Singh (36), Savita Dhingra (45), Tanu Dhingra (18), O.P. Aggarwal (35), Srimati Amna Siddiqui (50), Himanshu Tripathi (21), Malti Rawat, Manjeet Singh (30) and Aadesh Yadav (25).