Six brave hearts from the Northeast have been selected to receive National Bravery Award this year. The kids, Tarh Peeju (posthumously), Arunachal Pradesh; Roluahpuii (posthumously) and H Lalhriatpuii (posthumously), Mizoram; Thanghilmang Lunkim, Nagaland; Moirangtham Sadananda Singh, Manipur and Tankeswar Pegu, Assam, will get the awards from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Republic Day in New Delhi.
Nine-year-old Peeju drowned saving her cousins Phassang Marry and Tarh Charu on May 19, 2016, when they were attempting to cross river Pachin in Naharlagun. Born to Tarh Kama and Tarh Yaku, she was a Class IV student at Alphabet Public School in Nirjuli.
Lunkim, a class six student, had saved the life of another student after the latter had fallen into a river while crossing the Mezoma Bridge on September 15, 2015. Lunkim was returning from school when he saw the other student being washed away by the river. He then jumped into the river and saved his life.
Sadananda encountered a short-circuit at his home after a three-pin socket exploded due to excessive heat. Her mother tried to unplug the socket and ended up electrocuting herself. Sadananda used a wooden stick to weaken her grip and saved her life.
Tankeswar Pegu saved a woman from drowning who fell from the boat. And Roluahpuii also saved two girls from drowning in a river. While Lalhriatpuii lost her life saving his cousin in a car accident.
The National Bravery Awards are presented to children aged 6 to 18. The recipients receive a medal, a certificate and a cash prize along with financial assistance for their schooling.