CRPF troopers who are known for their abilities to overcome extreme challenges did the unthinkable to get a sick colleague airlifted in the dead of night. This time they used their torches to complete this operation.
The condition of Sudama Prasad Yadav, a Central Reserve Police Force soldier posted at Garhwa in Naxal-hit Jharkhand, recently deteriorated prompting doctors to refer him to a hospital in state capital Ranchi, over 200 kilometres away. It was 1.30 am.
In the absence of adequate light, calling a chopper seemed impossible. However, Yadav needed immediate medical care. “We then hit upon the idea of collectively using our torches to facilitate the landing of a chopper,” a CRPF officer told DNA.
About a hundred soldiers stood around the outer ring of the helipad with their torchlights on, ensuring a perfect landing. Yadav was then boarded, and it flew away in minutes. Officials said the soldier is being treated at Orchid Hospital in Ranchi.