By Our Correspondent, TNT News | AIZAWL, JAN 17, 2018:
Two teenagers from Mizoram will receive the prestigious national bravery award on the occasion of Republic Day in New Delhi.
Zonuntluanga,17 and F.Lalchhandama, 17 (posthumous) will receive the bravery awards from President Ram Nath Kovind, for exemplary display of courage.
Zonuntluanga, a resident of Sialhau Village in central Mizoram’s Serchhip district saved his father, who had been attacked by a wild bear. On 26 August, 2016, Zonuntluanga and his father had gone to a jungle to collect vegetables and suddenly a wild bear attacked the father and severely wounded his face. On hearing the scream, Zonuntluanga came to his (father) rescue and boldly fought with the wild bear with his unsophisticated weapons, driving the bear away and hence saved his father. He help his father and escorted him to their village where he was administered medical treatment.
Another recipient of the National bravery award F.Lalchhandama, who was a resident of Tuikual neighbourhood in Aizawl lost his precious life while saving his friend who was drowning in Tlawng river last year. K.Lalmalsawma, father of the deceased F.Lalchhandama will receive the award on his son’s behalf on the occasion of Republic Day in the national capital.
The incident occurred on 7 May last year, when the victim Lalchhandama along with two friends was venturing into Tlawng river, about 7 km from the state capital Aizawl to swim in the river. After an hour of swimming, his friend C.Lalremkima suddenly slipped and fell into the river when they decided to return to their homes. Soon after this, F.Lalchhandama and his comrade Lalmuansanga plunged into the river to save their friend. Unfortunately the drowned boy caught hold of Lalmuansanga and strangled him by his neck. F.Lalchhandama somehow managed to pull out Lalmuansanga from the clutches of the drowned victim and dragged him to the river shore. He then went back towards C.Lalremkima to rescue him, but unfortunately the two lost their lives.
Lalchhandama will be posthumously awarded with the national bravery award for his gallantry act and his father will received the award on his son’s behalf on the occasion of Republic Day in New Delhi. Zonuntluanga has also arrived in Delhi to receive the award.