CRPF jawan wins hearts for feeding differently-abled child in Kashmir


SRINAGAR, May 14: A heart-warming video of a CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) jawan feeding a differently-abled child in Jammu and Kashmir has left many emotional after it went viral on social media. Identified as HavaldarIqbal Singh, the clip shows the man feeding the little child who is sitting on the stairs of a shop.
Singh was one of the drivers in the CRPF convoy that was attacked in Pulwama by a Jaish-e-Mohammad suicide bomber on February 14. The incident left 40 jawans dead.
Once viral, the video was retweeted by the former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti along with a caption that read, "Armed forces operating in Kashmir are often tarred with the same brush. But that generalisation can sometimes be grossly unfair. Salute this man s sense of compassion & humanity."
For his compassionate act, Singh has been awarded the Director General's Commendation disc and Commendation certificate. The award is given to personnel in recognition of any outstanding work of commendable nature in their career.
The clip, which created quite some buzz on social media, won appreciation online and even made some emotional. "He is feeding as if a father is feeding his kid," read one of the many comments on the viral clip. A video of Head Constable Iqbal Singh feeding the boy has gone viral on social media and has won plaudits for the security forces operating in Kashmir.
The Sikh jawan was having his lunch in Nawakadal area of Srinagar on Monday when he saw a boy, wearing a black dress, sitting in front of a closed shop and signalling him for food, a senior official said.
Singh walked towards the boy and offered his lunchbox to the child, only to find that his hands were stricken with "paralysis", the official said.
The jawan, a driver of the 49th battalion, then put a sheet on the boy's lap and fed him lunch. He then wiped the child's face and offered water to drink, the official added.
The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) took cognisance of the incident and has decided to decorate the jawan with the director general (DG) commendation disc and certificate the highest service award of the paramilitary for showing "exemplary human gesture in spirit of the values enshrined in the charter of the force".
"The CRPF is always ready to help the people of Kashmir in times of distress. This is what I also did," Singh said in a recorded video message provided by the CRPF.
Singh was driving one of the 78 vehicles on February 14 when the fifth in their convoy was hit by a suicide attack killing 40 troops. The driver was part of the first team that helped in the rescue operation, the official said.
"Armed forces operating in Kashmir are often tarred with the same brush. But that generalisation can sometimes be grossly unfair. Salute this man's sense of compassion & humanity," former chief minister and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti tweeted.
The Jammu and Kashmir Police posted the video clip on its Twitter handle with a caption: "We care".
"Humane heart of uniform personnel is commendable," former state Director General of Police S P Vaid tweeted. The force has about 67,000 troops in the Kashmir Valley as part of 65 battalions that are deployed for undertaking counter-terrorism and law-and-order duties.

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