Special Correspondent

The winners were selected by Inspector-General of Police

B. Sandhya from

12 entries.

Thiruvananthapuram: Manjusha had just entered the Chaliyar river for her evening bath after classes when she noticed something floating by. With a shock, she realised that it was a child struggling in the water.

The class 10 student at the Catholicate Higher Secondary School, Chungathara, Malappuram, did not hesitate. She plunged into the water and rescued two-year-old Arafat who happened to be the son of her neighbour. The child had slipped into the river while playing on the bank.

Manjusha is one of the six children selected for this year’s bravery award instituted by the Kerala State Child Welfare Council.

Her parents are manual labourers and the family lives in a hut on the banks of the river.

The posthumous award for P.B. Visalu, a native of Cheekilode in Kozhikode district, will be received by her family. Visalu died while rescuing two girls from drowning in an abandoned quarry near her house.

K.G. Dinu from Moolamcode, Palakkad, Johnson V. Sunny from Pazhayarikandam, Idukki, K.A. Ajmal, a native of Moovattupuzha in Ernakulam, and M.U. Vineeth Kumar hailing from Naduvatharapara, Palakkad, were also selected for the award for the daring act of saving others from drowning.

The winners were selected by Inspector-General of Police B. Sandhya from 12 entries. Dinu and Manjusha have already received the national bravery award.

Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan is scheduled to present the State awards at a function to be held at the office of the council here on Wednesday.

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