VIJAYAWADA: City police commissioner Gautam Sawang commended the performance of 10 constables who saved lives by preventing suicides in response to Dial 100 alerts and presented them rewards.
Some of the incidents in which these constables have displayed presence of mind and exemplary courage were:
On May 22, a young couple V Gopi and Manikyam working in a hotel at Ibrahimpatnam were depressed over the health condition of their 5-month-old daughter born with an eye defect and not being able to afford treatment, which ran into lakhs, decided to commit suicide and went to cooling canal of NTPC. Blue Colt K Baji Babu and home guard A Raju, who saw the couple on edge of the canal bank and sensing their intention to jump, rushed to the place and were able to stop the woman from jumping along with her child. One of the two policemen jumped into the river and saved the drowning husband of that woman.
On July 22, Manepalli Pawan, a 24-year-old man, wanted to try his hand at swimming and jumped into water at Prakasam Barrage. As he did not know how to swim, he started drowning. One town Rakshak-1 staffer K Phaniraju and PC R Ramakrishna threw a rope to the drowning man and saved his life.
On May 11, a 19-year-old youth L Vijay of Ibrahimpatnam after a quarrel with his mother attempted suicide by jumping into cooling canal at NTPC, but was saved by Blue Colts constable A Sekhar Babu and home guard K Chaitanya.
Similarly, on September 23, a 27-year-old youth B Ramesh Naik of Jangareddygudem, depressed over family disputes, attempted suicide by lying down on the railway track at Kaleswara Market, but was in time saved by constable KS Prasad and home guard Janardhan.