Mandi superintendent of police (SP) Mohit Chawla gave Prime Minister Life Saving gallantry award to cop Krishan Chand at his office at Mandi on Monday.
A certificate of bravery was issued to the cop by the Prime Minister office on April 15, 2014, for saving three people from drowning in Beas River in 2011.
Chawla, later on, while speaking to mediapersons, said that Chand saved three people from drowning in the Beas at Sachuhi village of the Sarkaghat sub-division area.
In 2011, two men and a woman were trapped in the suddenly swelled river due to release of water from the Pandoh Dam.
He said the news spread like forest fire in the area and lot of people along with police from Hamirpur reached at the spot but on one dared to dive in the river. Krishan Chand, who was at that time posted at police post Sandhol, jumped into the river with rope, tyre and tube and saved all three of them.
“The cop has shown extraordinary courage and set an example for the police force and people,” said Chawla.
Chand, while interacting with media, revealed that he had saved 6 more lives from drowning in the past.
“I was offered job in the police department by the state government after I saved five people from drowning in 1993 in Hamirpur district. I saved one doctor from drowning in a well in Una district in 2007” said Krishan Chand.
Krishan Chand hails from village Bajahar of Sujanpur area of Hamirpur district.