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Public TV staff who rescued six persons from KR Circle underpass honoured

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Bengaluru: As journalists, first thing they learn on the job is to have a nose for news. But a few journalists do have the heart that beats for those in distress and do not hesitate to go beyond the call of duty to help the needy. Public TV driver Vijay Kumar risked his life to save six members who were trapped inside a car that was almost sinking in the marooned underpass at KR Circle on Sunday. A software professional, Bhanurekha, died in the tragedy while her family members were rescued from the underpass.

The whole rescue mission was played out on television live which sent shockwaves among those who were watching how the IT City was reduced to death traps in just one rain.

Kumar along with the reporter Nagesh and cameraman Aviraj was out on duty filming the marooned road in front of Lokayukta office at KR Circle when he heard screams from the underpass. They immediately rushed to the underpass and what they saw was nothing less than a horror – car right in the heart of the city was drowning in the water clogged underpass. Although there were three of them, Kumar was the only person who knew swimming. He waded through the neck-deep water in the underpass and pulled out one of the passengers from the car. Later, he pulled six from the car and screamed for the help from passersby. But to his shock, Bhanurekha was still trapped inside the car and he pulled her by her hair as the car doors were jammed due to water clogging. She was pulled out with the help of car driver.

A few passengers and a police rushed to their help but struggled as they did not know swimming. Meanwhile, Nagesh dialed fire and emergency service, who rushed to the spot. They gave life jackets and they rushed Bhanurekha to St Martha’s Hospital. But she succumbed.

Recognizing Kumar’s outstanding efforts, BBMP Commissioner Tushar Girinath felicitated him on Monday.

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