A police head constable drowned in Narmada River while trying to save an 11-year-old boy from drowning at Badwah in MP’s Khargone district on Thursday.
The boy was finally rescued by two divers who had jumped with the head constable, Basant Kumar Verma, to save the boy.
Verma was on duty at the riverside on the occasion of Amavasya, when thousands of people take a holy dip in the river. The boy, Antrikhsya Upadhyaya, a resident of Khandwa district, too, came to take the holy dip.
“As soon as he jumped into the river, he started drowning. Verma and two local divers who were present at the spot jumped after him to save his life,” Khargone SP, Amit Singh, told HT.
Singh said the trio found the boy in the running water and they started moving towards the shore. “The child was with one of the divers, and Verma was behind them. Suddenly, he got stuck in something and drowned… Later the divers fished out the constable’s body,” said the SP.
The SP lauded Verma’s bravery and said Khargone police would send his name for President’s Medal. “District police will also honour him for his bravery,” he said.
Verma was a resident of Mandeshwar and had been posted at Barwah police station for the last few months. Thousands of people from nearby villages paid tributes to him. “We salute the bravery of the constable. He saved the life of the child by giving his life. We are proud of police and Verma,” said Rakesh Dangi, a resident of a nearby village.