In Kashmir, CRPF man feeds differently-abled boy, wins hearts

A combination of three videograbs showing CRPF head constable Iqbal Singh feeding a differently-abled boy. (PTI)

A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) head constable, who survived the Pulwama terror attack in February, is being praised for his act of feeding a differently-abled boy while he was on duty in Nawakadal area in Srinagar’s old city on Monday.

A short video clip, showing Iqbal Singh, 44, feeding the boy, has gone viral on social media. Singh, a driver and posted with the 49th battalion, was deployed at on Monday for law and order duty, CRPF officials said.

The CRPF Director General (DG) has awarded Iqbal Singh with the DG’s Disc and a commendation certificate for his “humane and selfless act”.

Singh told The Indian Express that while he was having lunch on Monday, he saw a child sitting outside a shop, who made a gesture towards Singh to give food.

“I understood his (child) gesture and immediately offered him my lunch, but he couldn’t move his hands. Without wasting any time, I started feeding him food myself. When I finished it, I even cleaned his mouth. I have done this for the sake of humanity,” Singh said.

A resident of Jammu region, Singh says he never expected he would receive such praise.

“In our training, we are taught that we have to help everyone, no matter from where he comes or which religion he belongs. This act has given me so much of peace that I can’t express my feelings…He (the child) smiled when I gave him my…

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