A 29-year-old man is being praised as a hero after he risked his own life and fought with a crocodile only to save the life of his 30-year-old friend. The horrific incident occurred in Kaliasot Dam, Bhopal.
It has been learnt that two friends Amit Jhatav and Gajendra Singh, residents of Police Line, Nehru Nagar, had gone for swimming in Kaliasot Dam. Amit wished to take a bath in the dam.
Amit screamed for help after the crocodile sunk its teeth deep into the boy’s right leg. Following this, Gajendra rushed to his friend rescue and hit the alligator with a stick.
Gajendra dragged him away from the alligator to safety and proceeded to call an ambulance. The victim was admitted to the Sharda Hospital where is being treated now.
Amit, recuperating at hospital told Free press, “ After over two-month lockdown my friend Gajendra and I went for evening walk at Kaliasot dam. Seeing water after such a long time we couldn’t resist and decided to go swimming, as we used to do so earlier. We had just gone 1-2 feet deep in water when a crocodile caught hold of my leg and dragged me deeper.”
Hearing my screams, my friend Gajendra, who was right behind me, came to my rescue and he fended off the crocodile, said Amit.
“While swimming we were just recording it on our mobile, and when the crocodile attacked me and pulled be under the water, my friend acting swiftly took the stick the one we were using to hold the mobile, and started hitting the crocodile with it. The crocodile, which was around 7-8 feet, released my leg and escaped,” informed Amit.
The both were having bath at the dam, but it is fault of irrigation department which has not put any warning signage there, said the official. People frequently come for bath at this dam, administration should also take measures to prevent such incidences, he added.
Saving one’s life in an emergency situation is a challenging task but to be able to do it deserves a big round of applause.