When inspector Sushil Kumar, 33 posted at Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) was declared dead after getting injured and losing his leg in Improvised Explosive Blast (IED) during an encounter with naxals in Jharkhand, a miracle happened and he got back his life but remained in coma for around a week.
After two years, Kumar is riding a cycle for a cause with an artificial limb. Kumar, who remembers the date and time of the incident that happened on January 27, 2014 at 1 pm, was narrating his story on Friday as he, along with other paramilitary athletes posted at ITBP, CRPF and BSF started their ride from Attari (Wagah Border) on Friday (November 24).
The athletes will reach New Delhi on December 1 with an aim to counsel the persons with disabilities and to tell them about the skill development centre established by the BSF and Aditya Mehta Foundation to make India the best in world para sports.
Kumar, who at present is posted at Patna IG office shares, “Although I got to know that I have lost my leg, I continued firing on them but during that time, numerous thoughts were running in my mind like what will happen next as I have become disabled, what I will do without my leg and will the organisation appoint me after this?”
“I became unconscious after firing for around four hours. When I recovered from coma, I went into severe depression but then my director general motivated me. A deputy Commandant from my batch came to me with an artificial limb and motivated me that it is not an end of life,” he added.
After a month’s training, Kumar got selected for cycling expedition from Manali to Khardung La. He said he started doing the things which he had never done earlier in his life.
“One should never give in to negative thoughts; belief is what is needed in life to succeed. I never feel that I don’t have a leg, I run without any fear, he said.
Tales of bravery
RK Singh, deputy Commandant, CRPF and also an Ashok Chakra winner, said that he lost his leg on May 3, 2011 in naxal mind blast but kept on fighting at them. “It was difficult in earlier days but now, we know that we are for the nation and I never feel that I have lost something and keep encouraging others,” he said.
Hawaldar Sunil Kumar of BSF posted in Kolkata lost his arm and leg in 2004 in Tripura when the militants blew off his car while on patrolling. “I am 100% disabled. Still I am here and riding a bicycle and just want to let everyone know that it’s only about positivity,” said Kumar.