In times, when every other day there comes a news of derailment on a railway track, there is a 12-year-old boy in Bihar who saved the lives of hundreds of passengers by making a train stop before it could cross over a broken railway track.
This little boy's efforts have not gone unnoticed by the state. The authorities have decided to reward the class 5 boy.
Bhim Yadav is the name of this 12-year-old boy, who studies in class 5 in a government school at Mangalpur, Bihar.
Bhim was going to the orchards with his friends when he spotted the broken railway track on the Gorakhpur-Narkatiaganj railway line.
The driver of the train was not aware of the broken rail tracks. Bhim was wearing a red shirt, and without bothering about the cold waves, he took off his shirt and waved it to grab the driver's attention.
The driver told the local newspapers that he was very confused when he saw the little kid waving a red shirt. But Bhim's persistence forced the driver to push the emergency breaks. That is when he realised what he was trying to indicate.
Local administrator Harendra Jha told Gulf News that he came to know of Bhim's brave act through local newspapers. He immediately contacted his fellow officials and decided to award him.
"The reward could be in the form of cash or citation. We are still deciding on it, but one thing is sure, he is going to be rewarded," he was quoted as saying by Gulf News.
Even the relations officer at Eastern Central Railways lauded Bhim's courage, "We really are proud of this boy and salute his bravery."
In the last one year, India's death toll from train derailments is the highest it has been in the last ten years. Over 193 people have died in train accidents within last year, and over 458 have died in last 10 years.
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