Jagatsinghpur, Dec 14 (LocalWire) A 12-year-old boy Biswajit Puhan, a resident of Icchapur village under Balikuda tahsil, will be receiving the prestigious National Bravery Award for saving another minor girl from drowning.
According to reports, five-year-old girl Mamuni Biswal, a resident of Dihakarada village under Talada panchyat of Puri district, was visiting a relative’s house at Icchapur last year.
On Aug 13, 2017, she was playing on Machgaon canal embankment with other friends when she slipped and fell in the water. Hearing her scream. Biswajit, then 11 years old, jumped into the canal and dragged her out of water.
His act of bravery drew attention of not only his villagers but also Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik and Prime Minister Narendra Modi who tweeted about his courage.
His father Pabitra Puhan said: “This was not the first time he saved someone. In 2015, my son had rescued another six year old boy from drowning in the village pond.”
Biswajit is a class VII student of Sarswati Sisu Mandir in Balikuda.
Collector Yamini Sarangi had sent her recommendation to Odisha State Council for Child Welfare for conferring the National Bravery Award to Biswajit.
The state council, in turn, had forwarded the proposal to Indian Council for Child Welfare.
Puhan has now been selected for the National Bravery Award to be given on Jan 26 on the occasion of the Republic Day in New Delhi.