Seventeen-year-old Karanbeer Singh from Amritsar, who rescued 15 children from a school bus that had plunged into a drain, will be among the 18 children to receive the National Bravery Award.
Singh, who was also in the bus and injured, showed great courage and helped other children to come out of the water-filled bus.
“Driver was driving rashly. I had warned him about the narrow bridge ahead that doesn’t have railings but he didn’t listen. Suddenly the front tyres were in the air and we landed in the drain,” said Karanbir.
He added that doors were jammed and he had to smash a window glass to come out and rescue the students.
The awards, divided into five categories, Bharat Award, Geeta Chopra Award, Sanjay Chopra Award, Bapu Gaidhani Award, and General National Bravery Awards will be given away by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 24. Karanbeer will receive the Sanjay Chopra award.
President Ramnath Kovind will host a reception for the awardees seven girls and 11 boys who will also be participating in the Republic Day parade on January 26.
Eighteen-year-old Nazia from Uttar Pradesh, who helped local police capture perpetrators of an illegal business of gambling and betting will be given the most coveted Bharat Award.