Kendrapara, May 8 (LocalWire): A 23 -year-old woman constable of Talachua marine police station in Kendrapara district has been hailed as real life ‘hero’ as she single-handedly evacuated around 300 women and children from sea-side villages of Talachua, Rangani, Khasmunda, Pataparia, Baghamari, Manjulapali, Dolasahi, Keruapala on her bike.
Pritismita Parida tirelessly drove her bike to remote areas to rescue the villagers from 1May to 3 May morning when Fani hit the coast.
‘It was dangerous to drive the bike with two people sitting at the back through muddy village roads .But I was determined to rescue the women and children and was the right decision at the right time,’ she said.
‘Many villagers did not want to move to higher and safer places and I had to rush on and rescue them in my bike,’ added the woman cop.
‘She is a true hero who dared to confront the strong wind and incessant rain and rescue us,’ said an elderly woman, Kamni Maiti, of Rangani village.
‘Pritismita did an excellent job by saving the lives of many.
Apart from the rescue work, she along with other police officials also provided us cooked food and relief items.
She tirelessly drove her bike to evacuate many. She only took a small break during launch time. She was a saviour for us,’ said Malati Haldar of Pataparia.
‘It is my duty to save them. I rushed to inaccessible areas to save the villagers.
My bike has capacity to transport only one person, but I took two in in each trip as the villagers were getting desperate,’ said Pritismita.
Most of the villagers were forced to live under virtual ‘house arrest’ as the village roads turned muddy and was full of slush due to incessant rain.
‘There was mud and slush everywhere for and we had to trudge through waterlogged muddy roads. Muddy and slippery roads posed a threat to us. But I drove the bike carefully on the muddy roads to rescue many including three pregnant women,’ she added.
The IIC of Talachua police station, Srikant Barik said, ‘After getting cyclone warning from our office, we started evacuating.
Many villagers were reluctant to leave their houses. But we convinced them. Pritismita did an excellent job by rescuing many on her bike.’