Bravo!! Heroic cop in India saves 400 school children by running away with 10kg Bomb
While media heroes are displayed on your screen every day, a lot many more go about their unsung deeds in various parts of the world fairly unnoticed. It took the internet media even in India a while to wake up to the heroic action of a police constable Abhishek Patel of a small village named Chitora in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.
1 A bomb in a children’s school
The constable spotted an unexploded artillery shell in a children’s school. With little regard for his own life he picked up the 10 kg bomb and sprinted 1km ensuring the bomb was out of harm’s way. 400 children study in the school and it was during class hours that the incident happened. One shudders to think of the horrifying result had the bomb exploded.
2 A hero that prevented a potential tragedy
It was local media who rushed to the spot after hearing of Constable Patel’s heroic deed. Breathless from his life saving sprint, he said “My only objective was to take it away as far from the children as possible, far away from all residential areas.”
In fact a small 12 second clip of his timely actions was recorded by a bystander which has now gone viral in India. Thanks to that, Abhishek is finally a hero for removing the bomb in a children’s school.
3 The longest run of his life
The incident occurred on Friday the 24th august. About 400 children were present when the unexploded bomb was spotted. Senior teacher Ajay Kumar explained that someone had called 100 which is the emergency line in India. Police responded instantly with a team led by constable Patel. Kumar said “Police saw the bomb and immediately asked us to close for the day, almost two hours early. We asked the students to leave at once.”
However, that was more said than done. With the ensuing chaos and presence of local media, the bomb remained where it was until Patel picked it up and ran. That will definitely go down as the longest run of his life.
4 Had it exploded, it would have damaged a radius of 500 meters
Patel ran with the bomb into the wild bush land adjoining the school and you can see him leaping over rocks till safely out sight. When he returned he explained that being part of a bomb squad operation a few months ago, he was fully aware of the terrible consequences in event of the bomb exploding. “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.”
In a statement, the Inspector General of police Satish Saxena said “There is an Army shooting range near the village. The Army was informed about the bomb in the children’s school. How it reached there and who placed it near the school is being investigated.” He also announced a reward for the heroism of Constable Patel. Watch the short video.