A policeman from Madhya Pradesh has become the hero of his village after he saved the lives of about 400 children with his fearlessness and presence of mind.
On Friday, 25 August, the police of Chitora village in MP received an anonymous tip about a 10kg bomb in a local school, reported Times of India. The police responded immediately and found the bomb and decided to shut down the school. Fearing for the lives of the 400-odd students on the school's premises, head constable Abhishek Patel decided to take the bomb as far away from the school as he could, risking his own life in the process.
A 12-second video of Patel running towards the hill, jumping over the hills and bushes with the 10kg bomb in his arms has gone viral with watchers praising the policeman on his bravery. "My only objective was to take it away as far from the children as possible. Far away from all residential areas," TOI quoted Patel as saying.
Patel ran for almost a kilometre, carrying the bomb on his person, reported India Today. The idea to run away with the bomb came from a drill he had been a part of, a few months ago, claimed Patel. "Had it exploded, we were told, it would have damaged a radius of 500 meters. I was afraid it would blow up and decided to take it as far away as possible," he said.
The police is currently investigating who planted the bomb, said Inspector General Sagar Saxena.
As a reward for his exemplary courage and sense of duty, chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced a reward of Rs 50,000 for Patel.
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