Amritsar boy who saved 15 kids to get National Bravery Award

Updated on Jan 18, 2018 09:11 PM IST

The teen, who was also in the bus and injured, showed great courage and helped other children to come out of the water-filled bus.

Sanjay Chopra Award winner Karanbeer Singh a press preview on National Bravery Awards 2017 winners in New Delhi on Thursday.(Mohd Zakir/HT)
Sanjay Chopra Award winner Karanbeer Singh a press preview on National Bravery Awards 2017 winners in New Delhi on Thursday.(Mohd Zakir/HT)
Hindustan Times, Amritsar | ByHT Correspondent, Chandigarh

Seventeen-year-old Karanbeer Singh from Amritsar, who rescued 15 children from a school bus that had plunged into a drain, will be among the 18 children to receive the National Bravery Awards this year.

Singh, who was also in the bus and injured, showed great courage and helped other children to come out of the water-filled bus.

“He (driver) was driving rashly. I had warned him about the narrow bridge ahead that doesn’t have railings but he didn’t listen. Suddenly the front tyres were in the air and we landed in the drain,” said Karanbir.

He added that doors were jammed and he had to smash a window glass to come out and rescue the students.

A rashly driven school van had fallen into a drain from a bridge at Muhawa village, 35 km from Amritsar, killing seven children on September 20, 2016. The van was taking students back home from DAV Public School, Neshta, when the accident took place five km from the school.

The awards, divided into five categories — Bharat Award, Geeta Chopra Award, Sanjay Chopra Award, Bapu Gaidhani Award, and General National Bravery Awards — will be given away by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 24. Karanbeer will receive the Sanjay Chopra award.

President Ramnath Kovind will host a reception for the awardees — seven girls and 11 boys — who will also be participating in the Republic Day parade on January 26.

18-year-old Nazia from Uttar Pradesh, who helped local police capture perpetrators of an illegal business of gambling and betting will be given the most coveted Bharat Award.

(with agency inputs)

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