CRPF jawan who lost both legs in landmine blast in Chhattisgarh gets hero’s welcome in Palghar
Ramdas Bhogade was patrolling the jungles in Sukma district in an anti-Maoist operation, when on November 19, 2017,he accidentally stepped on a landminemumbai Updated: Jun 18, 2018 18:45 IST
Ramdas Bhogade, a Central Reserve Police Force jawan (CRPF) who lost both his legs in a landmine blast in Maoist-affected Chhattisgarh in November 2017, returned to his hamlet in Palghar district to a hero’s welcome. Bhogade, 29, visited the hamlet during the weekend after being admitted for months in a Raipur hospital where he was fitted with a prosthetic pair of legs.
Bhogade was among the 24 jawans who were patrolling the Padoli jungles in Sukma district in Chhattisgarh, when on November 19, 2017,he accidentally stepped on a landmine, in an operation to nail Maoists hiding in the thick foliage. The 23 other jawans escaped unhurt.
Speaking from Ratuna, his hamlet in Jawhar, Bhogade said, “The landmine was placed by the enemies and I stepped on it by mistake. I shouted at the top of my voice to alert my fellow jawans and to warn them about the other landmines planted. Hearing my cries, two of my colleagues came to my rescue, but I shooed them away, lest they step on other landmines placed underground, or else they might have been marytred.”
After the landmine blast, Bhogade was admitted at a hospital in Raipur for over 40 days to treat his injuries. On April 2 this year, he was fitted with a pair of prosthetic legs. “After a month of trials, I am able to walk now, but with calipers, as I am yet to get acclimatised to the prosthetic legs,” said Bhogade.
Bhogade reached his village in a car lent by one of the villagers to fetch him from Mumbai. When he arrived at the village, he was given a hero’s welcome, with the residents garlanding him for his service to the nation.
“My senior officers at the CRPF have posted me at the CPRF headquarters at Balaghat, Madhya Pradesh, in a desk job, but I want to go to the front again and fight the Maoists, who are a menace to our nation,” said Bhogade, the son of a paddy grower.
Ramchandra Gavanda, sarpanch of Vadwali village, which governs Ratuna, said, “It is a proud moment for us. Ramdas is a hero who is fighting for the nation. Right from his childhood, he had aspirations to serve the country. So much so, he wants to go to the same Maoist-affected area again and fight the anti-nationals hiding in the Sukhma jungle, but his superiors have taken the right decision in assigning him a desk job due to his physical condition.”
Tulsiram Chaudhari,a resident of Ratuna, said, “When we got news that Ramdas has been successfully fitted with the prosthetic pair of legs, we were elated. At least he survived the Maoist attack and also saved the lives of two of his fellow jawans who had come to his rescue by alerting them about the landmines planted.”
First Published: Jun 18, 2018 18:45 IST