Malkangiri: The heart-warming story of central armed forces carrying a pregnant woman on a stretcher for 7 kilo metres in Maoists-infested terrains of Malkangiri and successfully facilitating the child delivery has won appreciative gestures from one and all.
The Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) jawans did the act of the Good Samaritans and carried the expectant mother Rukmini Baghel to the ITBP camp for the childbirth. The doctors stationed at the camp swiftly carried out the delivery. The woman gave birth to a male child yesterday afternoon.
Both the mother and newborn are safe and healthy. It was a normal delivery. Both of them are being shifted today to their native village in Kondagaon on Odisha-Chattishgarh border, said ITBP personnel.
The Jawans were about to launch their combing operation to flush out the red rebels when news of the distressed woman in need of medical attention reached them. As helping out the distressed woman was of paramount importance, the combing operation was suspended.
The ITBP camp with doctors was located about seven kilo metres from the village. So we shouldered the woman on a stretcher and trekked to cover the distance.
The journey was arduous and risky as there was every possibility of underground landmine being spread by Maoists to target the security forces. However the risk was worth-taking as there was question of life and death of a mother and her child. We are happy as the woman has given birth to the baby. Our perseverance has paid dividends, said ITBP personnel.