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Nation honours its young bravehearts

Having displayed rare courage by chasing militants after they killed their school teacher and succeeding in apprehending one of them, teenagers Ratul Chandra Rabha and Rituparna Boro of Assam have won top honours among the 17 children chosen for the prestigious National Bravery Awards for 2005.

india Updated: Jan 19, 2006 15:26 IST

Having displayed rare courage by chasing militants after they killed their school teacher and succeeding in apprehending one of them, teenagers Ratul Chandra Rabha and Rituparna Boro of Assam have won top honours among the 17 children chosen for the prestigious National Bravery Awards for 2005.

Rabha (14) and Boro (15) have been selected for the Bharat Award for displaying "exemplary courage and a sense of duty in apprehending a militant." Geeta Chopra Award has been given to ten-year-old Seidalyne Mawtyllup of Meghalaya while 13-year-old Mumbai schoolboy Sanmesh Mahesh Kalyanpur has been chosen for the Sanjay Chopra Award.

Both risked their lives to save their siblings. Mawtyllup showed terrific courage, rushing into her burning house in Meghalaya to save her three-month-old baby sister, while Kalyanpur pulled out his younger sister to safety from a gutter during the recent Mumbai floods. Chanigalla Susheela (14) of Andhra Pradesh, Dugi alias Minati (14) of Orissa and 15-year-old Mahesh Kumar of Uttaranchal have been selected for the Bapu Gayadhani Award.

Susheela and Dugi get the award for protesting against child marriage while Mahesh has been selected for saving a girl from the jaws of a tiger. Among the winners are five girls and 12 boys, one of them, 13-year-old Shibu T receiving the honour posthumously.