A stranger in need is a friend in­deed

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

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.

Piyal Bhat­tachar­jee

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