On September 20, 2016, Karanbeer Singh, a class 11 student of DAV Public School had no clue that he will face the most nightmarish day of his life. It was a usual day for Karanbeer who was returning home in his school bus when the vehicle fell into a drain due to the broken railing on a narrow bridge near Muhawa village of Attari assembly constituency in Amritsar district. The unfortunate incident killed Seven school children but Karanbeer was able to save 15 others.
Karanbeer now a class 12 student is all set to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 24 to receive the Sanjay Chopra Bravery Award for his daring act. The 17-year-old boy will be among the 18 children to receive the National Bravery Awards this year. Karanbeer is very happy about receiving the award from PM Modi but he also has three demands from him.
His first demand remains the repairing of the bride that killed his friends. “I have three demands to make from Prime Minister Narendra Modi when I meet him. First, I will ask him to provide funds to complete the construction of the bridge and its railing so that no such accident happens again. We travel more than 15 kilometres extra every day to avoid this bridge. But still, many other school buses use it every day and so it could result in another accident any day. Construction of the bridge will not only save time but will also save lives,” Karanbeer was quoted as saying by IE.
“My second demand is the construction of a hospital at Attari. Some children died on that day because there was no good hospital at Attari and time was wasted in carrying them to Amritsar. Every day, 30,000 people visit Attari for the retreat ceremony. It should have a proper hospital so that timely medical aid is provided in cases of an emergency,” he said.
Recounting that horrific day, Karanbeer said that he tried to save as many lives as possible that day. His sister was also on that same bus. “Most of the children had their heads in dirty water, including my sister Jaismeen Kaur. I tried to save as many lives as possible. I was in class XI then. Now, I am in class XII in the same school. All those children saved by me now look at me with love and respect,” said Karanbeer.
His third demand is regarding something that the entire state of Punjab is suffering from. Karanbeer wants the prime minister to end the drug menace in the villages bordering Pakistan.