13th September 2008 – Five Blasts rocks ‘the national Capital of India’. Bombs were planted in the dustbins, more than 30 dead, 100s injured. However these numbers would have been more had not four brave policemen risked their own life to detect and defuse bomb at another crowded area. Constable Suresh Kumar was among four policemen who detected and defused a live bomb at the Regal Building in Connaught Place showing exemplary presence of mind and courage.
Assistant sub-inspector Mahendra Singh, head constable P.N. Subhash and Constables Suresh Kumar and Praveen Sharma swung into action to search the central business district of the national capital within minutes of the blasts in the Central Park in Connaught Place. ‘We immediately searched the two dustbins (one blue and one green) kept on the left side of the hall… and then we searched the dustbins on the right side. There we recovered a bomb from the green dustbin,’ Praveen Sharma said!
However, it was Suresh Kumar who without any second thought immediately pulled out the wires thus breaking the circuit of the bomb and defusing it. It was later learned that this bomb was the most powerful amongst all that were planted. At any time of the day, several hundred people can be found in the Regal Building area. And had this sixth explosion happened, many innocent lives would have been lost!
Praveen had joined Delhi police six years ago while Suresh Kumar joined Delhi police in 1994.
There has been no reports of any awards to these policeman by the Police headquarters, but was just pondering where are the chief ministers of different states, who took no chance to announce big FAT cash to all cricketers who won the T-20 World Championship. Probably because the cricketers are “Desh ki Dhadkan” and these unsung heroes not!
We at ZorSeBol salute Praveen and Suresh Kumar for their selfless and brave act.