Brave Karanbeer Singh has not just made his family proud but also the entire Punjab for showing relentless courage in saving 15 children from a school bus that had fallen into a drain in September 2016.
A Class XII student from a village along the India-Pakistan border in Amritsar, Karanbeer has been selected for the prestigious Sanjay Chopra award.
Reminiscing about the incident, Karanbeer said to a daily, “I couldn’t see my fellow students drown. I jumped in the dirty water of the drain and one by one saved 15 students from drowning because I knew how to swim better than others.”
“I couldn’t see my fellow students drown. I jumped in the dirty water of the drain and one by one saved 15 students from drowning because I knew how to swim better than others.”
A resident of Gaguwal village in Amritsar, Karanbeer Singh emerged as a hero when the school bus he was travelling in along with 37 other students, including his younger sister, fell into the drain from a bridge in Mahwa village. The kids were on their way to MKD DAV Public School.
Nazia, six-year-old Mamata Dalai and Karanbeer Singh, winners of National Bravery Awards 2017, at a press conference in New Delhi on Thursday. (Source: AsianAge)
The award, given by Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW) will be given to him and 17 other brave children from across the country, and will be given away by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 24. President Ramnath Kovind will host a reception for the children who will also participate in the Republic Day parade on January 26.