Nation salutes 22 young bravehearts
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Ten-year-old Gajendra Ram, a student of a primary school in a village in Chhattisgarh, saw his fellow student, Gayatri, fall into 22-foot well. Immediately, he jumped into the well to save her. He put Gayatri on his back and tried to climb out of the well. When he could do not this, he stood her up against the wall of the well and kept her afloat. Later, villagers rescued both children from the well. For his bravery, Gajendra Ram has been conferred with the Sanjay Chopra Award.
On June 3, 2011, 8-year-old Devansh Tiwari had gone to his relative's place in Chhattisgarh when he saw 14-year-old Shikhar fall into a septic tank near a construction site. The tank had been covered but had a hole, about two feet wide, on the top. Dangling his legs through the hole, he asked Shikhar to hold on to his legs and he tried to pull Shikhar up. Meanwhile, Devansh kept shouting for help. Hearing his cries, people gathered and rescued Shikhar from the tank.
Fourteen-year-old Ramith K from Kerala was returning home on January 25, 2012, when he heard cries of help. A 58-year-old woman had fallen into a pond and was drowning. On hearing her cries, a man from the village rushed to help. However, while trying to save her, he too began drowning and shouted for help. Ramith jumped into the pond and saved their lives by dragging them out of the water.
On May 12 last year, a storehouse caught fire in Chhattisgarh. Six children who were trapped in the building began crying for help. Meanwhile, the fire, which had started in the wooden and straw structure outside, reached the electric wires inside. With smoke filling the storehouse, the children had no way to escape. It was 16-year-old Mukesh Nishad who pulled them out one by one and saved their lives.