Delhi Police have decided to reward two young constables who stopped a person from committing suicide by hanging from a tree, during a protest at Jantar Mantar Monday. The constables — Naresh and Nandlal from the fourth battalion of Delhi Armed Police — saved the life of a farmer, identified as Prashant Deshmukh who hails from Maharashtra’s Amravati district.
The constables, both aged 32, were deployed at Jantar Mantar as part of two platoons (at least 120 personnel). While doing their rounds, they spotted Deshmukh standing at the edge of the footpath with one end of a rope around his neck and the other tied to a tree.
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“As soon as we saw what he going to do we started to run towards him. Some policemen standing at a police picket in Jantar Mantar followed us,” Naresh told The Indian Express.
“I started shouting ‘aao jaldi, aao jaldi’ (come fast), and I got hold of his legs so he could not move. He had already put the rope around his neck. Then Naresh climbed the tree and untied the rope,” said Nand Lal.
“As we held him, he started crying and told us that he was worried about a piece of land that was allegedly taken by the government for which he received no compensation,” added Lal. In a few minutes, the SHO, ACP and other senior officers reached the spot and Deshmukh was taken to Connaught Place police station, said Lal.
Naresh and Lal were inducted to the force in 2006 and posted with the Fourth Battalion since 2014. Naresh said during his posting in the northeast, he helped his team members zero in on various criminals. On his tip off, a notorious ‘Thak Thak’ gang member was allegedly arrested in Khajoori Khas area. He stays with his family in Khajoori Khas while Nand Lal lives in Palam.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Jatin Narwal has recommended their names for rewards. “They have done a commendable job by being alert and saving the life of a farmer. We have decided to reward them,” said Narwal.
Delhi Police had faced a lot of criticism from several quarters for failing to prevent the suicide of Gajendra Singh, a farmer who killed himself at an AAP rally in Jantar Mantar on April 22, 2015. The incident took place despite police presence at the rally.