Shivamogga boy gets national bravery award

C D Krishna Naik

C D Krishna Naik, 14, from Shivamogga district, has been selected for the national bravery award for 2018.

Naik was selected for the prestigious award for his display of courage in saving a child from drowning in an irrigation canal.

On September 23, 2017, Naik was on his way to the market on a cycle to purchase groceries. He was cycling along the Tunga water canal at Trimurthi Nagar near Navule in Shivamogga, when he noticed two children, aged between 8 and 10 years, swimming in the canal with the help of thermocol as a makeshift floating support. Suddenly the thermocol slipped from the their hands and both the children started drowning.

“After noticing that both the children were drowning in the canal, I jumped into the water and tried to rescue them. The canal was 10 feet deep, I could save only one child while the other washed away due to strong current,” Naik told DH.

Naik said his ambition was to become a loco pilot. Appreciating his bravery and presence of mind, the Indian Council for Child Welfare, a Delhi-based NGO, selected him for the award. Naik, a native of Betegarana Halli from Jagaluru taluk, is the son of Devala Naik and Veena Bai. He has been staying with his sister at Shivamogga and is studying in 9th standard in government school.

A total of 21 children have been selected for the bravery awards for 2018.

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