‘I thought of God and, one by one, I threw down my chil­dren’

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS -

Na­manathan Ra­ma­raj, the fa­ther who tossed his three chil­dren out of the burn­ing build­ing and di­rected his wife to safety, ex­plained how he faced the hor­ri­fy­ing mo­ments when his fam­ily faced death in the rag­ing fire.

“We were saved be­cause the peo­ple of the area were able to safely catch my three chil­dren, who I threw out of the build­ing, and also my wife,” he said.

He said it had been ag­o­nis­ing to throw his chil- dren out of the third- storey win­dow. “Two of my elder chil­dren, aged eight and six years, were cling­ing to my hands and scream­ing not to drop them,” he said.

“I had to do it: there was no other way. I thought of God and, one by one, I threw down my chil­dren in­clud­ing the youngest, who was only three-and-a-half years old,” Mr. Ra­ma­raj said.

He then climbed out of the third­floor win­dow onto a metal pole stick­ing out of the floor below and in­structed his wife to climb down to him.

“My wife lost her bal­ance and fell as she stepped out of the win­dow but I was able to catch her and then drop her down onto the bed­sheet that was held spread out below us by the peo­ple. They res­cued us,” Mr. Ra­ma­raj said.

Fire­men have to fight to get through traf­fic and massed build­ings

Na­manathan Ra­ma­raj

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