Children from the north-eastern states today dominated the National Bravery Awards which was presented by Prime Minister Modi to 25 children chosen from across the country for their outstanding acts of valour.
The National Bravery Award is given to children between the ages of six to eighteen years and are divided into four main categories- Bharat Award, Sanjay Chopra Award, Geeta Chopra Award, Bapu Gaidhani Award, and General National Bravery Awards.
Here are some of the glimpses from the ceremony held in New Delhi:
The Geeta Chopra Award this year went to two girls Tejasweeta Pradhan and Shivani Gond- for exposing a trafficking racket and the Sanjay Chopra Award was given to Sumit Mamgain from Uttarakhand for rescuing his cousin from aleopard attack.
One of the most daring acts was perhaps committed by Anshika Pandey from UP who was able to escape an abduction bid through her sheer bravery and fearlessness.
Young and daring girl from Mizoram, H. Lalhriatpuii, too won another Bapu Gaidhani Award posthumously for coming to the aid of her cousin caught in a car rolling down a hill, disregarding her own safety. While she managed to save her cousin Lalhriatpui was run over by the car and succumbed to her injuries.
The Bharat Award Winner, who is given a gold medal, was given posthumously to 8-year-old Tarh Peeju from Arunachal Pradesh. The youngest winner lost her life while rescuing two of her friends who were swept away by strong currents while crossing a river.
Among the 20 other winners was also a 12-year resident of Jammu and Kashmir, Payal Devi, who lost her life while trying to protect three students during flash floods last year.
Moirangthem Sadananda Singh, a 14-year old from Manipur, was recognised for rescuing his mother from an electric shock.