The 11-year-old braveheart, Uttam Tanti from Assam’s Sonitpur district who won a million hearts with his bravery wants to join the Indian Army and serve his country.
As the monsoon continues to wreak havoc in parts of Assam including the low lying areas affecting over 2 lakh people, this kid has set an example of bravery by risking his life to save a woman and her child from drowning in a river. His act was applauded by the local, district administration and Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.
On July 11th 2019, Uttam along with his mother Parvati Tanti and his father Nipen Tanti was felicitated by the district administration. The district administration also gifted him a bicycle and cash. The Sonitpur District Administration has decided to recommend Uttam’s name for the National Bravery Award for children.
“Uttam’s name would be recommended for the National Bravery Award. Apart from this, we will take the full responsibility of his education,” said Narsing Pawar, Deputy Commissioner, Sonitpur while speaking to TIME8.
The incident is dated back to July 7th, 2019 when Uttam, a Class V student, dived into the deep river water hearing screams of a woman Anjali Tanti who accidentally slipped into the Digholjuli river while crossing it with her two daughters Dipta Tanti and Diya Tanti. He succeeded in rescuing Anjali and Diya but failed to rescue Dipta. The district administration also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh for the next of kin.