A stranger in need is a friend indeed
New Delhi: It’s often said that a good deed never goes unrewarded. And 42-year-old Jitender Kumar found a friend for life in Anil Kumar, a stranger whose life he saved after the latter met with an accident.
Last year, Jitender found Anil lying in a pool of blood on the road near Akshardham temple. Anil had been hit by a car. While a crowd had collected there, no one came forward to help Anil and people were, instead, busy making video clips on their mobile phones. Jitender took a proactive approach, picked up Anil, made him lie on the petrol tank of his motorcycle and rushed to a hospital. His timely action during the “golden hour” of fatality saved Anil’s life.
Almost 3,000 lives were saved in Delhi last year because of these good Samaritans. Recalling the incident that took place in December 2018, Jitender said, “I was on my way to work when I saw a man lying face down on the road near the divider. It seemed that a car had knocked him down. He had blood on his head and hands. When I saw no one helping him, I decided to rush him to a hospital.”
When he reached the hospital, doctors told Jitender that a little more delay would have led to Anil’s death. “After admitting Anil in the hospital, I returned home. A few hours later, I got a call from Anil’s brother. He was crying profusely and thanking me for saving his brother’s life. After Anil recovered, even he called to thank me. We have been friends ever since,” said a beaming Jitender.
Just like Jitender, there were 20 others who were felicitated by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday under the “Farishte scheme”. Under this scheme, good Samaritans are rewarded Rs 2,000. Moreover, they are not harassed by police or the authorities for saving an accident victim’s life.
Piyush Tewari, founder of Save Life Foundation, said almost 50% of road deaths can be avoided if the victim is admitted to a hospital within one hour of an accident.
Sonu Gautam (28), a civil services aspirant, and Amit Kumar, an autorickshaw driver, said they developed affection for the people they had saved in east Delhi.
“I was returning home from work when I saw a man lying unconscious on the road. He seemed to have fallen off his bike. I stopped an autorickshaw and took him to a hospital. The auto driver refused to enter the hospital saying he didn’t want to get into trouble,” said Gautam. He had to carry the man inside the hospital. His efforts bore fruit as the man’s life was saved.
Amit picked up a man near Vivek Vihar and admitted him to a hospital. A day later, after regaining consciousness the man called to thank him. “I don’t know his name, but it felt nice when he gave his heartfelt thanks to me,” Amit said.
FARISHTE DILLI KE: CM Arvind Kejriwal with good Samaritans at the launch of the campaign