Six brave children recognised for State honour

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Jan 2018 11:57:25

Staff Reporter,


Jan 12,

Chhattisgarh State Child Welfare Council has announced the State Bravery Award for the year 2017-18 and has recommended the names of six brave children including Krishna Sethia, Prashant Sidar, Kushi Sahu, Khemlata Sahu, Ritik Sahu and Jhagendra Sahu, for the State Bravery Awards.

The children will be awarded at the main function to be held at Police Parade grounds on January 26 on the occasion of Republic Day. These brave children without caring for their lives, saved the lives of others. The children will be given Rs 15,000 each in cash, citation and a Silver medal. Agriculture Minister Brijmohan Agrawal chaired the meeting of the Council that decided the names of the brave children. In all nine proposals were received, out of which, six children were selected for the coveted award.

The meeting was attended by Women and Child Welfare Minister Ramsheela Sahu, Dr Naresh Chandra Gupta Vice President Chhattisgarh State Child Welfare Council, Dr Ashok Tripathi General Secretary, Ajay Tripathi Treasurer, Members Indira Jain and Representatives of NCC, Home Department, Police (Intelligence).

Krishna Sethia, aged 10 years, saved a 3 year old girl from a six feet deep pit. The pit was dug for constructing a shed for collecting garbage and its proper disposal in Ward-8 in Lal Bagh area of Jagdalpur. The pit was filled with water from the bore near a Sulabh toilet. On December 9, 2017, Krishna, son of Tularam Sethia, after he returned from school was playing in the street. He saw that 3 children were standing near the pit and when he went near them, he saw a child Suhani, aged 3 years, drowning in the pit. Leaving no time Krishna jumped into the pit and saved the life of the child.

Prashant Sidar, aged 17 years, saved two small girls from drowning in the pond. The incident occurred on May 13, in Raigarh. Kanaklata Pradhan, a specially-abled woman and a resident of Panchadhar village had gone with her two children to take a bath in Ghodadabri pond. Two children aged 7 and 5 years, went deep inside the pond while their mother were washing clothes. When the mother saw the two children drowning, she tried to attract the attention of others in whatever way she could to help her children. Meanwhile, Prashant and his friend saw Kanaklata making actions and understanding her indications, they jumped into the pond and saved the children.

Kumari Kushi Sahu, aged 9 years, a resident of Ramsagarpara, Raipur, on the instructions of her mother had gone to collect the earthen lamps in the second floor of her house. When she went there, she saw Ritu, a 2.5 years old child of her neighbour playing in the balcony with no one near her. Since the construction work was underway at Ritu’s house, there were no railings and iron rods were protruding.

Seeing Ritu playing near the balcony, Khusi asked her to go back and she went inside. Later when she again reached the balcony, she heard a cry and on reaching she found Ritu hanging heads down from one of the protruding rods at a height of 30 feet. Kushi caught hold of her feet and called her mother. Her shouts raised an alarm and her aunt came and both grabbed Ritu’s legs and pulled her up, saving her life.

Khemlata Sahu, aged 11 years, saved the life of Pushparaj, 5 year old son of Phagram Sahu, a resident of Sauga in Magarlod in Dhamtari. Pushparaj had gone for bath in the pond during evening hours and while taking bath he drowned. Seeing him drowning, other children started shouting. Meanwhile, Khemlata, sister of Pushparaj, who was near the Hanuman temple performing puja, seeing the buzz near the pond, she rushed there and saw her brother drowning and saved him.

Ritik Sahu and Jhagendra Sahu saved the life of their friend who got trapped in a whirlpool. These friends had gone to River Kharun anicut in Bhatagaon for a trip. While they were bathing in the river, Sahil Tandon and Akash Sahu went further deep into the river and got trapped in the heavy gush of water and whirlpool created there. They shouted for help. Hearing their shouts, Ritik and Jhagendra jumped into the river despite the fact that Jhagendra didn’t know swimming and saved their friends.