Patel said ''I went blank and I did not realise that I was in danger. The only thing I could think of was that I have to take this bomb away from the students and the residents of the area.''
Head Constable Abhishek Patel saved many students and locals after he ran with a bomb which had been found in Chitaura village which falls under the jurisdiction of the Sukhi Police Station in Sagar district of Madhya Pradesh. Patel had picked up a mortar shell weighing over 10-Kgs and ran several hundred metres with it to a nearby nullah in order to avoid collateral damage in case the shell exploded. The 32-year-old policeman says that he picked up the round on his own accord and he did so on an impulse in order to save precious lives, according to an Indian Express report.
Patel said ”I went blank and I did not realise that I was in danger. The only thing I could think of was that I have to take this bomb away from the students and the residents of the area.” The Head Constable added that the shell was hot when he picked it up, he said, ”The shell was hot probably due to the sun or because it came in contact with hot ash, from the school’s kitchen, which had been dumped close to it, according to an Indian Express report.
The shell was defused by the army a couple of days after Patel displayed his bravery. The shell is suspected to have come from an army range which is located close to the school. The Madhya Pradesh state government has awarded Patel Rs 50,000 and the DGP has awarded Rs 5,000 to the policeman for the display of raw courage, as per the report.
Patel thinks that the shell was carried from the range and the person threw it away after realising that the shell was dangerous, apart from being illegal. Patel told the Indian Express, ”No one will buy the shell and no one will manufacture it now as the production of such shells was stopped decades ago”.