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    Harjinder Singh, the 76-Year-Old Sikh

    Meet Harjinder Singh, the 76-Year-Old Sikh, Who Runs New Delhi’s Only Free Autorikshaw Ambulance

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    New Delhi (Sputnik): Inspired by Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th spiritual leader of the Sikh community, Harjinder Singh took to the service of the needy as an offering to the guru and his teaching - “Do as much as possible to serve and aid foreigners, those in need or in trouble” is his motto.

    The septuagenarian, who graduated in 1964, took to driving an autorickshaw – a three-wheeled passenger vehicle, in Delhi for his livelihood. Since that time, he has been helping people in need on the streets. Now it is a full-time passion for him, and he does it free of charge.

    “I have helped hundreds of accident victims on the roads, and have taken them to the nearest hospitals,” he told Sputnik.

    Singh patrols accident-prone areas and when he comes across a victim who needs urgent attention, he says “I rush the accident victim to the nearest hospital.”

    The Good Samaritan also dispenses Ayurvedic medicines in emergencies.  He says, he is trained in Ayurveda and gives medicines to anyone who needs them, free of cost to those who cannot afford to pay. “But some people do pay me for the medicines,” he said.

    Harjinder Singh was given a certificate of commendation by the Delhi Police and later made a Traffic Warden, by then Chief of Delhi Traffic Kiran Bedi, currently Lieutenant Governor of the centrally administered enclave of Puducherry.  Singh said, even now, Bedi stops by his autorickshaw, if she comes across him, and inquires about his welfare and the welfare of his family.

    Sputnik: Doesn’t your family advise you not to drive an autorickshaw on the crowded Delhi streets?

    Harjinder Singh: My son has been prodding me to stop driving. But I told him if I drive, I will remain healthy. Secondly, I don’t need to ask for money for my day-to-day expenses. So they have accepted my wishes and fully cooperate with me.

    On social media, many people have lauded his efforts, hailing him as a “true hero”.

     

    According to Delhi Traffic Police, over 1600 persons were killed on the roads of the national capital, while about 5800 were injured in 2018.

    The Geneva-based International Road Federation (IRF) said, annually about 147,000 people die on roads in India, which accounts for 11% of global road accident fatalities. The Delhi Police have identified several spots in the capital, which are ‘blackspots’ where accidents frequently occur.

     

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