5 children to get Nat Bravery Awards posthumously
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Last Updated: Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 20:30
New Delhi: 15-year-old Kapil, who made the supreme sacrifice while saving his schoolmates from flood fury in Uttarakhand, is among the five children to get the National Bravery Awards posthumously this year.

Nineteen other children, including 8 eight girls, will receive the awards from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh ahead of the Republic Day.

The names of the 24 bravehearts were announced by the Indian Council for Child Welfare on Wednesday. At the press conference, where the names were announced, choked with emotion, Kapil's father Birendra Singh Negi said, "At this moment, I am filled with pride. I have never felt like this before."

Kapil had on September 8...., lost his life while trying to save the life of schoolmates after his school in Rudraprayag District of Uttarakhand was flooded after heavy rains.

Initially, Kapil was helped by classmate Subodh, but due to a landslide stones began to roll from above and Subodh also had to step aside. However, Kapil continued his rescue act as he carried school kids on his back to safety, before becoming a casualty himself.

"There are lots of children in the rural areas of our country who display immense courage in their daily lives, the media should reach out more to them," Negi said as his wife Anita stood by.

Besides Kapil, Saudhita Barman, Lovely Verma, Aditya Gopal and C Lalduhawma will get the award posthumously. The prestigious Geeta Chopra award was given to Mittal Patadiya from Ahmedabad, who at Twelve years old had enough courage to fight off robbers who had attacked her foster mother. It took four hours of surgery and 251 stitches to close the wounds Mittal had received.

"They had attacked my mother so I decided not to let him go. He was caught but another one escaped," Mittal said. "She is my Jhansi ki Rani," her foster mother Kavita Ben kept repeating.


First Published: Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 20:30

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