Two young sikh men set aside religious code by removing thier turban to save four youth from drowning in a canal in Sangrur.
Four youths of Sarafa Bazaar Market had gone to a canal to immerse Ganesha idol on Friday last when a gush of water made them lose their balance at Sular Ghaat near Sunam village.
Inderpal Singh, who was sitting on embankment of the canal, noticed that the youths were drowning. He took off his turban, hurled it towards the youths and pulled them out with its help, police and eyewitnesses said.
The incident came to light after a video was circulated on the social media.
As a hue and cry started, Inderpal Singh — who was sitting on embankment of the canal watching the immersion — promptly took off his turban and tossed one end of it at the youths and pulled them in.
“I had no time to think and quickly removed by turban and threw at the drowning boys and pulled them in,” Inderpal said.
On the other bank, Kanwaljit Singh followed suit. “My immediate reaction was to jump into the canal and try to save them. But I cannot swim. So I removed my turban and used it to save the boys,” he said.
The boys were all praise for the bravehearts. “He first tried to pull us out with a wire lying on the embankment. But it broke, and he then used his turban,” said one of them.
Under the tenets of Sikhism, one can remove the turban only at home, during a bath.
In May, a Sikh youth in New Zealand, Harman Singh, had used his turban to bind the wounds of a boy who had been hit by a car.
As the incident became widely reported and pictures of it flooded social media, well-wishers got together to gift furniture to the young student, who till then, lived in a spartan flat.
Source : The Hindu and NDTV