Prajwal Sehrawat was in the Ryan International School library when he heard the announcement over the public address system. It said a Class 1 student, Devansh Kakrora, had fallen into the water tank and needed to be rescued. Prajwal rushed to the spot and found school staff standing around the water tank, but refusing to jump in. Prajwal did not.
A senior government source said, “A staff member saw Prajwal coming coming and asked him to fetch the swimming coach who was nearby and they all rushed to the water tank. When everyone refused to enter the tank, it was Prajwal who jumped in as he couldn’t stand there being part of a discussion on who should enter the tank.”
Prajwal told the sub-divisional magistrate, “I was going towards the amphitheatre when Mr Vijay (basketball coach) called me. He was standing on the stairs near the tank. He asked me to call the swimming pool staff. I then spotted Mr Rajeev (the swimming coach)… He immediately went to the pump room. Anand bhaiyaa (a worker) flashed a torchlight inside the tank and pointed to a child’s shoe and pant floating inside. He told Mr Rajeev to jump inside.”
Prajwal also rushed Devansh to the medical room as staff was reluctant to pick up the child, added the source.
According to the magistrate report, the tank had electric wires hanging from the side.
Elaborating the events of the day, the report stated, “Letting a Class XI student go inside the pump house or water tank in front of all school authorities was a very serious lapse. His life was at risk. This complete lack of moral or commonsense must be condoned…. According to the school’s statement, no one was aware of the actual depth, actual water stored and other details…”
The report also noted that had school staff responded earlier, Devansh might have even survived.
“Authorities also failed to perform their duty when the child’s body was spotted. The swimming coach refused to rescue the kid from the water tank. Teachers, the games instructor and gardeners failed to respond and remained mute spectators. Prajwal risked his life and entered the tank.”
The report, meanwhile, applauds Prajwal. “He should be lauded for his valour and his name should be recommended for Bravery Awards. His actions speaks volumes of his benevolent nature, sharp mind, exemplary courage, quick reflexes, able decision-making ability and prompt medical aid delivered to Devansh. All these exceptional qualities shown by Prajwal are highly commendable… it shows what humanity stands for,” stated the report.
Prajwal’s mother is a government school teacher and his father a DTC employee.