Nasik: While thousands continue to throng Nasik every day to take a dip in the holy waters of Godavari river to wash away all their sins, here is one ordinary policeman who has done a great job of saving a precious life and thereby setting a glaring example of selfless service to the mankind.
According to media reports on Tuesday, Manoj Barahate, a 24-year-old trainee police constable, jumped from a 20-feet high bridge at the Kumbh Mela in order to save a person who decided to commit suicide yesterday afternoon.
This young cop, who hails from the Wardha district in Maharashtra, is currently posted at the Kumbh Mela in Nashik.
Yesterday afternoon, Manoj and some of his colleagues were patrolling the Amardham Bridge when they spotted a middle-aged man preparing to jump from the bridge in order to end his life.
Sensing the situation, Manoj and his colleagues shouted and tried to persuade the man from not jumping into the water. However, they failed and the man, in a delirious state, jumped from the bridge.
Panic ensued and people started to rush to the cemented base at the bottom of the bridge in order to save the man. However, on not seeing any movement under water, the brave cop decided to jump from the bridge as rushing to the base of the bridge would have meant that the man would have drowned.
Instead of waiting for help or caring for his own life, Manoj immediately dived into the water after the man. While doing so, this young cop did not think even twice before jumping off a 20-feet high bridge into water to save the man's life.
"There was no other option." Manoj, later said about his decision to jump. "That was the only way to save him. I saw that there was no movement in the water after he jumped. So if I would have gone from under the bridge he would have lost his life," he added.
Interestingly, Manoj's bravery was also captured on CCTV and he became the talk of the town soon after the incident.
Later, IAS Officer and Commissioner Praveen Gedam praised Manoj for his bravery and posted an image of the young policeman in action on Twitter.
— Praveen Gedam (@praveengedam) September 14, 2015
Through his brave act, Manoj has not only brought laurels for the Maharashtra Police but also compelled the people to change their perception about police, which is often criticised for its inaction, high-handedness and insensitive behaviour.
With this, Manoj also joins a rare league of those policemen, who dedicate their entire lives in carrying out their duty even without getting any recognition for their selfless service.