Updated: Oct 19, 2019
Karanbeer Singh, the courageous 17 years old boy from Punjab received the National Bravery Award for his act of saving 15 children from a drowning bus. On September 20, 2016, a rashly driven school van which was taking students back home from DAV Public School, Neshta, fell into a drain from a bridge at Muhawa village, 35 km from Amritsar, killing seven children. Karanbeer who was himself commuting in the ill fated bus had to break the window glass to come out.
While he could have brought himself to safety, the young braveheart chose to dive in and save as many fellow students as he could and aided 15 students come to the safer side of the river. As the door of the bus got jammed, 7 students could not to be rescued.
The National Bravery Awards which is categorized into five, namely Bharat Award, Geeta Chopra Award, Sanjay Chopra Award, Bapu Gaidhani Award, and General National Bravery Awards, were given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 24, 2018. Karanbeer received the Sanjay Chopra National Bravery award.
President Ramnath Kovind hosted a reception for the awardees, who also participated in the Republic Day parade on January 26, 2018.
“An act of courage does not see any age. Bravery is defined by the spirit one shows in protecting everybody other than one self.”
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