An alert Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) constable saved the life of an 18-year-old girl who accidentally fell in Munak canal in Delhi on Saturday morning, an official said.
Pramod Kumar wasted no time after seeing the girl, identified as Lakshmi Pal, drowning in the canal which flows behind the CRPF's 55th Battalion camp in west Delhi's Bawana area around 11 am.
On "sentry duty" at a distance when the girl was drowning, he spotted only her hand, Deputy Inspector General (CRPF) M. Dinakaran told IANS. He added,
Immediately the sentry alerted other personnel and jumped into the canal and with the help of Head Constable K.D. Sharma and Assistant Sub-Inspector K. C. Meena carried her to shore and administered first aid in the CRPF hospital.
The girl, who hails from Uttar Pradesh's Shahjahanpur and now lives in West Delhi's locality, Narela, was taken to Maharishi Balmiki government hospital in the area. According to the CRPF, its officials rescued three civilians from drowning in 2017.
The Munak Canal is a 102 kilometer-long aqueduct that conveys water from the Yamuna River at Munak, Karnal district, Haryana, and travels towards Haidarpur, Delhi. It is one of the primary sources of drinking water for Delhi. Originally a porous trench, the canal was eventually cemented due to excess seepage, saving 80 million gallons of water per day. In February last year, the canal was disrupted by Jats, which led to potential water crises in Delhi. Control of the canal was taken over by the Indian Army to restore water supply.
With inputs from IANS