A selfless police constable sprinted hundreds of yards with a live 20lb bomb on his back in a bid to save the lives of 400 school children.
Head constable Abhishek Patel picked up the bomb and ran with it on his shoulder in Chitora, a village in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.
He then threw the bomb – big enough to cause damage in a 1,500-ft radius – into a drain. Patel said, ‘Nearly 400 students were present on the campus when the bomb was found. Anything could have happened.
‘I wanted to take the bomb away from the school and the residential area in order to reduce the danger of collateral damage if the bomb exploded.
‘Had the bomb gone off it would have caused damage in a 500-meter area. I was afraid that the bomb may explode so I took it away from the populated area.”
Patel added this was for the first time that he had found a bomb.
The father-of-two said: ‘It was a risky job and could have taken my life as well.
‘I did it to save the lives of hundreds of children who were present in the school. They are our future.’
The police reached the site soon after a call was made.
Inspector General of Police, Sagar Saxena, said: ‘We are investigating to find out who planted the bomb.”
In appreciation of Patel’s bravery, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan awarded Patel £607 in recognition of his actions.