What would you do if a grenade landed on your lap? Most definitely, you will panic and drop it, getting risk being seriously hurt, if not killed.
But one quick-thinking cop didn’t.
A 21-year-old special police officer (SPO), who was part of a joint CRPF-J&K police squad at Batpora chowk, Sopore, was sitting in a mobile bulletproof bunker van on Sunday. He and his fellow mates were about to leave for a regular operation.
However, around 9:37 am a militant approached their bunker and threw a grenade at them, which dropped on the cop’s lap, reports The Times of India.
But the 21-year-old didn’t panic.
He carefully grabbed the grenade and tossed it away on the road. Meanwhile, another SPO immediately shut the door of the bunker van, saving all ten troopers.
“The grenade exploded on the road immediately after the SPO threw it. One constable and another SPO had minor injuries. But if he (the 21-year-old cop) had not displayed such deftness and panicked, the grenade might have fallen on the floor of the bunker causing devastating damage,” IG (Operations), CRPF, Zulfikar Hasan, told TOI.
The publication did not name the two SPOs due to security reasons.
A cash reward of ₹25,000 was awarded to the 21-year-old cop, and the other SPO who had shut the bunker van’s door received ₹10,000 for their quick-thinking.