Minister jumps into lake to save 6 lives
At a time when politicians were facing criticism across the country for not responding to people's problems, here's a heart-warming story of a politician in Karnataka who shows that he cares.
Karnataka Primary Education Minister Kimmane Ratnakar stopped his convoy when he noticed a car sinking in a lake near Shimoga and got in the men and machinery to save the lives of six persons in the car, including three children. Ratnakar was travelling from Thirthahalli to Bangalore around 6 am on Tuesday. On the way, his driver spotted a car and its passengers in distress in the Beguvalli lake.
The minister stopped his convoy immediately, got the members of his staff who could swim - his driver, his gunman and the driver of his escort vehicle - to jump in and rescue the stranded family. He too waded in part of the way to help bring back the rescued family.
Ratnakar had by then called up district authorities and sent the family to the local primary health centre. Witnesses say if there had been a delay of even 10 minutes, the accident could have led to some casualties.