03 December, 2020

'Three Wires, Just Like In The Films'

Kuldip Singh, 35, bus driver: Hero for his presence of mind and physical courage in the face of sudden terror

Sanjoy Ghosh
'Three Wires, Just Like In The Films'
It was a Saturday like any other. Diwali was around the corner and people were out shopping when a series of blasts ripped through the markets, leaving behind scores of broken families and scarred lives. As the capital counted its dead, residents of far-flung Govindpuri were counting the lives that had been saved. Because the killers who had placed a bomb in a bag on a Delhi Transport Corporation bus hadn’t factored in the presence of mind and courage of Kuldip Singh.

Kuldip, a driver on contract who earned a piddling Rs 1.30 for every kilometre he drove on the 128-km-long Outer Ring Road, spotted the bomb in just the nick of time and, banking on instincts drilled into him by a thousand Bollywood movies, picked it up and threw it away. Just like that.

It’s easy to debate and dispute the figure in hindsight, but Kuldip may have saved a 1,000 lives. "When I opened the bag, I saw three wires, just as they show in the films," says Kuldip, now fighting to regain at least partial sight at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. "Just...



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