NEW DELHI: Children from the north-eastern states today dominated the National Bravery Awards which was presented by Prime Minister Modi to 25 children chosen from across the country for their outstanding acts of valour.
The Bharat Award Winner, who is given a gold medal, was given posthumously to 8-year-old Tarh Peeju from Arunachal Pradesh. The youngest winner lost her life while rescuing two of her friends who were swept away by strong currents while crossing a river.
10- year-old Thanghilmang Lunkim from Nagaland was also awarded for rescuing his brother in similar circumstances.
Another young and daring girl from Mizoram, H. Lalhriatpuii, too won another Bapu Gaidhani Award posthumously for coming to the aid of her cousin caught in a car rolling down a hill, disregarding her own safety. While she managed to save her cousin Lalhriatpui was run over by the car and succumbed to her injuries.
Roluahpuii, a 13-year-old girl from Mizoram, was also honoured with Bapu Gaidhani award posthumously, for saving two school friends from drowning in a river.
Moirangthem Sadananda Singh, a 14-year old from Manipur, was recognised for rescuing his mother from an electric shock.
Five of the awardees are from the North-Eastern states.
Among the 20 other winners was also a 12-year resident of Jammu and Kashmir who lost her life while trying to protect three students during flash floods last year. (AGENCIES)