BHOPAL: A Madhya Pradesh police head constable, Abhishek Patel, who recently showed extraordinary courage by carrying away a bomb on his shoulder in a bid to save the lives of 400 school children in Sagar district was felicitated with a Rs 50,000 award by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Bhopal on Monday.
Chouhan presented the Rs 50,000-cheque and a bouquet of flowers to Patel at his official residence and praised the head constable for his unparalleled courage. State DGP Rishi Kumar Shukla, ADG (Intelligence) Rajiv Tandon and officer on special duty (OSD) to the Chief Minister-ADG Adarsh Katiyar too were present at the felicitation ceremony of the plucky cop.
Recently an anonymous caller had informed the police about a bomb having been planted at a government school in Chittora village of Sagar district (around 175 km from Bhopal). The 12-inch bomb, weighing around 10 kg, was later found in the school’s backyard.
A police team led by head constable Abhishek Patel rushed to the school and seized the bomb. With no bomb-disposal squad available, Patel took the decision to carry the bomb away on his shoulder, fearing for the lives of the 400 children in the school.
Patel carried the bomb on foot to a distance of one km to ensure it was far enough from the 400 children at school.
The bomb was later defused at a desolate place far away from human habitats.
Talking to journalists later, the Patel said what he did for the school children had been part of the police drill in the past, where a similar bomb was spotted and he had to carry it and run with it. Patel added that his sole aim was to take the bomb far away from school and residential areas.
Meanwhile, the IG (Sagar Zone) Satish Saxena has ordered a probe to find out who planted the bomb in the government school campus.