After about 12 hours of battle in Gurdaspur, these unsung heroes saved hundreds of lives by risking their own. From SP Baljit Singh who lost his life fighting the terrorists, to the alert villagers and a brave bus driver – everyone came together to save others.
On July 27th, India woke up to the sad news of Gurdaspur attack, when three suspected terrorists from Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), attacked a police station.
The terrorists attacked Dinanagar police station in the Gurdaspur district of Punjab, close to India’s border with Pakistan, early morning at around 5 am. The attack lasted for about 12 hours, leaving at least 10 dead and several people injured. All three terrorist were killed.
As the entire country is saddened by the sudden attack and loss of precious lives, there are some heroes who risked their lives to save others.
A bus driver who saved many lives
Punjab Roadways driver Nanak Chand’s brave action and alertness saved many lives. When the terrorists started firing at the bus, Nanak Chand showed immense courage and drove towards the terrorists, rather than panicking. He sped the bus toward them, scaring them off and saving the lives of 75 passengers who were on board.
He then took the bus to a government hospital so that the passengers who were injured could be treated on time. Not only this, he also informed the police about the incident. The passengers could have been an easy target, but Nanak’s prompt action led to the failure of the attack on the bus.
The villagers who spotted bombs on a railway track
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A group of alert villagers near Parmanand railway station, spotted five bombs wired to a small bridge on the Amritsar-Pathankot railway section. A passenger train was to soon cross that bridge and the bombs were detected just a few minutes before the scheduled time of arrival. The villagers quickly alerted the local police station who then asked railway authorities to stop the train.
The train was stopped 200 meters before the place where the bombs were implanted. The army and Punjab Armed Police bomb disposal squad were then called to defuse the bombs.
Gurdaspur superintendent of police who lost his life, battling militants
Baljit Singh, the brave SP (detective) was shot in the head while fighting militants on Monday in Dinanagar. Hailing from Kapurthala, Baljit Singh was recruited in Punjab police after his father, also a policeman, was killed in a suspected terrorist attack in Moga.
Baljit, 49, is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son. he rushed to the attack site early in the morning and spoke with his family at 9:30 am informing that he would call after the terrorists were killed. But sadly, he could not survive the attack. The family was not informed initially about his death since his wife is a heart patient.
Sacrificing lives for the country runs in this family’s blood as Baljit’s first cousin, Manpreet Singh, who was a constable in Punjab Police, was also killed by terrorists in 1991.
We salute this brave martyr, who sacrificed his own life to save his colleagues and villagers.