School staff re­warded for sav­ing stu­dent from sui­cide

Business Bhutan - - Nation - Kr­ishna Ghal­ley from Dorokha

Dorokha Cen­tral School re­warded its sweeper with a cer­tifi­cate and cash prize of Nu 3,000 for sav­ing a stu­dent from drown­ing.

Tila Chand Tim­sina saved a class IX stu­dent, when the lat­ter at­tempted sui­cide by jump­ing into the Nam­chu River, at the con­flu­ence of the Amochhu River. The in­ci­dent took place on Septem­ber 25 when he fol­lowed the stu­dent who ran away from school in the af­ter­noon. “For a mo­ment, I thought I would die sav­ing her,” said the 33-year-old.

Tila Chand Tim­sina said that the girl has darted straight to­wards the river af­ter which the prin­ci­pal di­rected him to fol­low her. The girl had al­ready reached the bridge when he man­aged to catch up. “I re­quested her not to but she jumped into the river. I was shocked and for a split sec­ond I didn’t know what to do,” he said adding that his re­flexes kicked in and he jumped af­ter her.

Luck­ily, the girl was stopped from be­ing washed away by the strong cur­rents by a rock. He also pressed her with bam­boo plants to res­cue her oth­er­wise she would have fallen 30ft be­low into a deep gorge and died, he Tila Chand Tim­sina.

Later, he was helped by other stu­dents who came to the res­cue. The girl was saved and later re­ferred to Dorokha BHU. “It was a dif­fi­cult task but I man­aged to save her,” he said.

The school and the Drungkhag Ad­min­is­tra­tion awarded Tila Chand Tim­sina with a cer­tifi­cate and the cash prize as a to­ken of recog­ni­tion.

Dorokha Cen­tral School’s Prin­ci­pal Pema Ch­ogyal said that the ad­min­is­tra­tion de­cided to award the sweeper for his brav­ery. “He has done a tremen­dous work of sav­ing a stu­dent,” he said.

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