05 April, Kendrapada ( Odisha)
A timely courageous act shown by a six year old girl saved the life of her elder sister from the jaws of a salt water crocodile in this coastal part of Odisha. The victim girl, a seven year old was rescued in a critical condition from the jaws of a 5.2 feet long male estuarine crocodile and admitted in the local hospital from where she was discharged after the treatment.
The incident took place yesterday inside a pond at Banakula village under Rajnagar block in this district. Seven year old Asanti Dalei, a class II student of Jaya Durge nodal Primary School, had gone to the pond along with her younger sister Mamata to float a boat when the crocodile pounced upon her and tried to drag her into the pond water. Seeing her elder daughter in deep trouble, Mamata showed an immense and exemplary courage and tried to save her sister.
She picked up a bamboo stick and started hitting the killer crocodile forcing the reptile to release her sister. Ashanti was then rescued by the family members and forest personnel and taken to the nearby Community Health centre for treatment of her injured hand and later discharged .
Kendrapada District collector, Muralidhar Mallik today met the victim girl and her younger sister who saved her life and provided Rs 2000.The district authority also provided free medical treatment. The forest personnel also provided financial assistance for the victim’s medical treatment.
Mallik who praised the courageous act of the 6-year old girl said he would recommend her name to the state government to take necessary steps for recommending the National Bravery Award for her exemplary courageous act.
The forest personnel of Kanika forest later captured the crocodile from the pond water with a fishing net and released it inside the creek of Bhitarkanika National park. They suspected that the crocodile might have entered into the pond from nearby creek during high tide.