Police-constable 859, Poonam Chandra Billore became a celebrated hero after a viral video of him took the nation by storm.
What was the cause?
In the video, the 30-year-old cop from Harda district who is posted in Shivpur police station of Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh, was seen running with a bleeding man over his shoulder.
Showing presence of mind, Poonam sprinted a distance of 1.5 km with the injured man and took him to the hospital in the nick of time, thereby saving his life.
The Better India spoke to the courageous cop to find out how the event unfolded.
Watch the video here
“It happened around 8:45 am in the morning [on Saturday, 23 February, 2019] when I was on the dial 100 duty. A panic-stricken passenger aboard the Mumbai-bound Bhagalpur Express called the police control room in Bhopal and said that a co-passenger had fallen off the train and onto the tracks,” recalls Poonam.
When the control room alerted them, Poonam along with dial 100 vehicle driver, Rahul Sakkal, rushed to the spot.
The victim had fallen onto the tracks, more than 1.5 km away from Shivpur Railway gate No 2. Due to lack of a proper road, the police vehicle couldn’t go any further. So the duo decided to cover the distance on foot.
“He was bleeding profusely. There were no available facilities. No ambulance or stretcher. We couldn’t have waited longer. Had we delayed taking him to the hospital, we could have lost him,” said Poonam.
It was at this time that his emergency training kicked in. As no ambulance had reached the spot, the constable did not waste any time.
“We were trained on how to act in times of crisis like these. So following what I had learned, I did not waste time. I picked him up, put him across my shoulder and sprinted. I had to save him. I couldn’t stop. So I ran as fast as I could,” informs Poonam.
Rahul extended his full support. Upon reaching the vehicle, they shifted the victim in and drove to the government hospital in the nearby city of Seoni Malwa.
Ajit had been critical on Saturday, but is now out of danger, informs Poonam. When Poonam paid Ajit a visit the next day, the reaction of his family overwhelmed him. When Ajit’s father came to know that Poonam had saved his son’s life, the elderly man took hold of his hand and could not stop thanking him.
“I am just a cop doing my job,” Poonam had replied, humbled.
Ajit, who hails from Madhya Pradesh had moved to Thane, Mumbai, sometime ago. The accident had happened when he had been travelling to the city.
Senior authorities in the service including the DGP and Cabinet Minister for Higher Education, Sports and Youth Affairs of Madhya Pradesh, Jitu Patwari lauded Poonam’s efforts.
“Thanks for bringing this to notice. SP Hoshangabad @HoshangabadP, look into the same and reward/recognize this brave policeman adequately,” tweeted the DGP.
When asked how he feels about his newly gained fame Poonam says, “I am proud to be a part of the police service. And am happy that I was able to set this example.”
He ends with an important message:
“While picking Ajit up, I noticed there was a crowd of over 25 people near the railway crossing gate. Yet, none of them moved to help the victim as he lay helpless and unconscious. My only message to people is, if you come across an injured person, please don’t wait for an ambulance or the police to arrive. Step up and help people in need. If you see a lone police personnel struggling to
pick up an injured person, extend a helping hand or perhaps your vehicle. And while many of you think that it will get you in police or legal trouble, it is not true. A good samaritan who helps a person in need is protected by law. He/she is not cross-questioned or inconvenienced during the investigation.”
Want to appreciate Poonam’s work? Why not send him a token of your admiration to make his day better. You can send as little as Rs. 100 to:
A/c holder name: Poonam Chand Billore
A/c number: 30473997818
Branch name: Shuljapur city
State: Madhya Pradesh
IFSC code: SBIN0030213
(Edited by Saiqua Sultan)