Avanigadda: In the world that we live it is not uncommon to see people just stroll along even when they see an individual battling for life on the streets or elsewhere. One finds such spineless characters at every thoroughfare, including at traffic signals and near streams and rivers.
However, blessed are the small mercies that there still are people, who dump every work they have on hand, to attend to people caught in peril. These Good Samaritans literally pull people from the very throes of death.
To this rare breed belong Assistant Sub-Inspector Manikyala Rao and constable Gopiraju of the Avanigadda police, who jumped into River Krishna without a second thought to save a person.
No sooner did they hear a thud in the water, the two dived into the water early Sunday morning and rescued a girl, who attempted suicide by jumping from Pulligedda-Penumudi Bridge at Avanigadda in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh.
The rescued girl has been identified as a B. Sc student of a private college, who took the extreme step because of some personal problems.
Accolades are pouring in for the police personnel Rao and Gopiraju, who braved all odds to ensure a precious life was not forever. In doing so, they set a fine example to tens of people, who were around but oblivious of the imminent tragedy that stared them.
It is ironical that the two police personnel were part of a road-safety programme, ‘No-Accident-Day near the Bridge’. It was then that they noticed the girl jumping into the river to end her life. They dived and successfully saved the girl in distress.
The girl was admitted to a hospital and her condition is stable. The exact reason for the suicide attempt is not known immediately.
The ASI, Manikyala Rao, who will retire from service in a couple of months, demonstrated with his valour that saving lives was ingrained in them.
All those assembled at the bridge congratulated Manikyala Rao and Gopiraju for their brave step.
Meanwhile, old-timers recalled an earlier instance when G Rajesh, the then Sub-Inspector of Tekkali Town police station in Srikakulam district, had jumped into a deep and dark well and saved the life of woman, who was attempting suicide.