Cop Risks His Life To Save A Drowning Man In The Freezing Waters of Munak Canal
It takes a lot of courage to jump into the piercing cold waters on a shivering winter night and that too in Delhi with the atmospheric temperature as low as 9 degree Celsius.
If a man arises in such a situation, he has to be a lion heart. Such is this Delhi Police constable, Sandeep Kumar who jumped into the freezing waters of Munak Canal in Delhi to save a 28 years old man from drowning.
Sandeep, a pilot in the Delhi Police Control Room was on duty from 8 pm on the evening of February 1st driving his patrol van near Khera Khurd village with Assistant Sub Inspector, Ashok Kumar when he received a call at 8.24 pm. The caller informed them that a man has jumped into the Munak Canal with his Skoda car left behind.
The duo ran to the rescue. Reaching the spot, ASI Ashok took out the commando search light from the van and flashed on the deep waters of the canal to find the exact location of the drowning man. The brave constable, in a flash, jumped into the freezing waters with his uniform and shoes on. Later, a rope was thrown into the water by the ASI and soon Sandeep brought the man out safely.
As per an HT report, Sanjay Baniwal, Special commissioner of Police (Operations) said, “Sandeep had to swim over 20 feet in the bone-chilling cold water to reach the victim and rescue him. Ashok and some locals pulled the two out of the canal. The victim was badly injured and unconscious when he was brought back to the dry surface”.
The victim was rushed to the Maharishi Valmiki hospital. The doctors said that the man could have died if the policeman would have waited for the swimmers to arrive. Seeing the bravery of the young cop, public gathered at the place and clicked images of Sandeep. The victim, identified as Vikas, a resident of Nithari village in Aman Vihar was under great depression recently which resulted in his suicide attempt.
The parents of the victim thanked the policemen for saving their child’s life. Later, Baniwal took to twitter to appreciate the bravery of his department’s lad, Sandeep. “My HERO. Constable Sandeep jumped in freezing waters of canal and saved Vikas 28yrs from drowning in outer delhi yesterday night. (Sic),” tweeted Baniwal.
As per an HT report, the cop learnt swimming when he was five in the same Munak Canal that flows by his native place, Rohat village near Sonepat, Haryana. He mustn't have ever thought that his skills would be of use in the same canal during his service as a policeman.
This cop has done a very commendable work by saving the man from drowning. He could have waited for the professional swimmers to come, but unlike other policemen, he took the risk himself and saved the victim. Our country needs more SANDEEPs to make people believe that police is at the service of people, not politicians.