A BANGANGA teen, Mohit Mahendra Dalvi, has been selected for National Bravery Award. Dalvi (14), who saved his 10-year-old neighbour fromdrowning in Banganga lake April last year is among the 25 children from across the country and four across Maharashtra to be selected as the winners of 2015 National Bravery Awards.
On the evening of April 25, Krishna Pashtye was playing near the steps of Banganga lake in Walkeshwar, when she accidently slipped inside the lake. Krishna was said to have stuck in a ditch 25 feets under the lake. Out of the crowd of hundreds of onlookers, Dalvi was the only one who jumped into the lake dived in and managed to save the girl.
Dalvi, an orphan and lives near Banganga with their paternal aunt. When asked about the incident, Dalvi said, “I knew how to swim and so jumped in confidently. I saw the girl’s leg had stuck in mud in a ditch. I tried to get her leg out and managed to pull her out. When we came out, others rushed and helped us.”
Another braveheart, Gaurav Sahastrabuddhe (15) from Nagpur bagged Bharat Award. Parents of Gaurav, who sacrificed his life in an attempt to save four of his friends from drowning in Saryu River, will be attending the ceremony and receive the award. Others from Maharashtra who have been selected for National Bravery award are Nilesh Bhil from Kothli and Vaibhav Ghangre from Wardha.The names of the selected bravehearts were announced by Gita Siddharth, President of Indian Council for Child Welfare Monday.
The children will receive their awards from PM Narendra Modi on January 24 and will also participate in Republic Day parade. The awardees were selected by a high powered committee comprising representatives of various Ministries and NGOs.