|Miss Gunjan Sarmah|
The distance was merely 100 meters from the Simaluguri Police Station; suddenly a stranger with arms (9mm pistol) obstructed the way.
He fired in blank 4 rounds of bullets, stopped the Van and forcibly occupied the front seat and afterwards threatened the driver, instructed to carry the vehicle to Mautgaon along Assam-Nagaland border via Rahdoiali through Santak Tea Estate.
The self-employed owner-cum-driver of the vehicle was a healthy man and perhaps could do something against the stranger, but it was stated that the armed stranger was triggering
to kids’ lives, so he put his intelligence and foresight and sidetracked the vehicle into a drain near Santak tea garden near to save the lives of the innocent children.
Shri Tarun Gogoi, Chief Minister, Assam announced a cash reward of Rs.2 lakh to Gunjan for her bravery. Shri Chandan Brahma, Minister of Transport, Assam announced a sum of Rs.30,000 as reward to Gunjan. Dr.Himanta Biswa Sarma, Minister of Education and Health, Assam announced a cash reward of Rs.25,000 to Gunjan for such a rare bravery. The Education Department also announced a reward of Rs.25,000 for Gunjan and Rs.10,000 for the driver Shri Umananda Saikia.
The girl of rare bravery and idealism, Gunjan stated that award is not a big matter to her, but it is the main strength of thinking big that she could save the lives of all other children .