Kerala: Jinesh Jerone, a resident of Poonthura, was in headlines for saving lives during the recent floods in the state. Little did he know, that no one would help him at the time of his need.
Jinesh and his friends rescued around 100 people during operations in Chengannur, one of the most severely affected places in the flood-hit state.
Jinesh was hit by a truck on a highway 12km from home and was begging people to help him out and unfortunately, nobody reached to him when all he loved was helping others.
“He lay on the road, crushed below his waist, and screamed for help,” Jinesh’s friend Jagan told TOI on Tuesday.
Jagan was riding pillion on Jinesh’s bike, they both lost control and fell. Jinesh was flung far off where a speeding truck unable to halt in time ran him over.
“Nobody stopped,” Jagan said. “I can’t believe something like this could happen to a man like Jinesh. He loved to help others. That’s what made him a hero during the recent floods,” he added.
The ambulance took long thirty minutes to reach the accident spot and took the two men to the hospital. Jinesh was soon pronounced dead after being brought to the hospital.
Selvi, Jinesh’s mother, said, “When the church vicar called for a meeting seeking help from fishermen for the rescue mission, Jinesh and his six friends promptly took a boat and set off. They didn’t wait for anyone and other teams followed them only the next day.”
Being a fisherman, Jinesh was not financially well to do, yet was always ready to help. His house had a cracked roof and a small space where he usually practised his dance moves. His friends and he called themselves The Shining Stars. He was also a known player in cricket and had various trophies under his name.
A lot of people whom Jinesh saved have been silently coming to the house and thank his mother for her son’s deeds. “His death should wake us all to the fact that we need to stop and help people hit by cars on India’s deadly roads. We are leaving them to die. It’s just terrible,” one of them said.
It is so disheartening to come across incidents like these. Because people like Jinesh don’t deserve it at all, when he saved the lives of more than a 100 people when nobody was ready to help them out. And when he needed help, everybody around gave him a deaf ear. The Government should recognize his good deeds and contribution to the society and give his family compensation and recognition. Jinesh and his work should be known to the masses, and he deserves to be known as a hero.