GUWAHATI: Among the 22 children – 10 girls and 12 boys – from 12 States who have been selected for the ICCW National Bravery Awards-2019 are Kamal Krishna Das from Assam; Lourembam Yaikhomba Mangang from Manipur; Everbloom K. Nongrum from Meghalaya; Master Lalliansanga, Carolyn Malsawmtluangi and Master Vanlalhriatrenga (all from Mizoram).
Braveheart from Assam – 11-year-old boy Kamal Krishna Das in September 2018 jumped into the flooded Brahmaputra river thrice to save his mother, aunt and a stranger.
The misfortune had emerged when during a heavy flood, a country boat carrying Kamal, his mother and aunt hit the pillars of a water supply project and capsized. Witnessing this, his mother shouted at him to take off his shoes and swim to safety. When Kamal reached a safe spot, he recognised that his mother and aunt were nowhere to be seen.
Quickly, the little boy turned into a saviour knowing that his mother couldn’t swim and ventured into the water and pulled his mother to safety. Immediately after saving his mother, he dived back in and rescued his aunt. After saving his mother and aunt, when he saw a woman in a burqa with a child in her arms struggling to reach ashore, he acted fast and saved them both.