Reyaz Rashid

CRPF men save girl from drowning

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Baramulla, Jul 15: A 14-year-old girl was rescued from drowning in a stream in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district by two CRPF constables who jumped into the gushing waters to save the girl, officials said on Monday.

The minor, Nageena, daughter of  Mohammad  Sharief Din, residents of Nagrota Jammu, temporally putting up at the banks  Nallaha Ferozpora at Chanpora Kunzer, slipped into the fast-moving Ferozpora stream at Kunzar Tangmarg and was washed away by the strong currents, the officials said.

They said a group of six Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel, who were nearby, rushed to save the girl. While two constables waded through the stream to catch hold of the girl, the others ran downstream as a second line of defence in case the first two ‘jawans’ could not catch her.

The girl was rescued from the water by the first team consisting of constables M G Naidu, and N Upendra, the officials said.

The two constables belong to the 176th battalion of the CRPF, according to officials.

Meanwhile, Company Commander (CO 176) R S Singh rewarded the brave ‘jawans’ who rescued and saved the life of girl.

“It is moment of pride and lesson of humanity for all of us. We acknowledge and admire the exemplary job of our soldiers,” said CO 176 Bn CRPF R S Singh.

Officials in Delhi said CRPF Director General R R Bhatnagar has declared that the two men will be awarded the DG commendation disc for their “selfless devotion to duty and exemplary act of saving the life of the girl.”

The girl was admitted to a hospital for treatment, they said.

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