Very often, we tell our best friends that we would put ourselves on the line to save their lives. But more often than not friends split ways for reasons big or small leaving the other in despair.
Recently, Delhi Police sub-inspector Bijender Singh Deshwal faced a situation where he was forced to choose between his friend and a mortal peril. The result? He kept his words and made sure that 25-year-old head constable undertakes Delhi’s biggest encounter in past 10 years and comes out of it alive.
Taking a bullet for friend
On June 9, Delhi cops took on the city’s most wanted criminals in Chhatarpur, New Delhi, in broad daylight. The four perpetrators included notorious criminal Rajesh Bharti, who had long evaded the police by some means or the other.
During the gunfight, Bijender was faced with the question whether to save his own life or his friend Gurdeep Singh’s, who is father to a three-month-old baby. But being a police officer, he didn’t hesitate to put his life at risk to save his comrade. When a bullet was shot at Gurdeep, Bijender immediately leapt over to used his body as a shield. Luckily, during the process, the bullet he took near his chest didn’t prove to be lethal.
Eight members of the special force were injured, while all the perpetrators were neutralized in the shootout. Meanwhile, another officer, Raj Singh, drove the entire squad to a nearby hospital for immediate medical treatment despite being shot in the arm.
Nervous moments for children
Bijender’s and Raj’s sons soon rushed to the hospital to be with their fathers who have been colleagues in special cell for the last 15 years.
The shootout was the most shocking for Komal Kadayan, a final year MBBS student at Safdarjung Hospital. Her first ever experience of treating gunshot wounds turned out to be with none than her own father Krishan Kadayan, who too had been shot at during the encounter.
“My father left home at 4.30 am on Saturday citing some important work. In the afternoon, I received a phone call from him wherein he said he was coming to the hospital and he has had an accident,” says Komal. Krishan was later taken to the AIIMS Trauma Centre where Komal joined the medical team.
Head constable Girdhar was shifted to a private hospital for treatment while the other four police officers continue to be treated at the AIIMS trauma centre. The remaining three have been discharged. Special Commissioner of Police (special cell) MM Oberoi and DCP (special cell) Pramod Kushwaha visited the recovering officers in the hospital on Sunday and wished them a speedy recovery.
The dedication of these men in uniform display the much needed unity that is required in any sort of team. The courage showed by these police personnel proves that they not only prioritize their duty before anything else, but also put their lives on the line to ensure the safety of the entire squad.