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Asansol: Damodar Yadav, 42, a resident of Joynagar in Kodarma, Jharkhand and a driver of gas carrier vehicles, is one of those millions of ordinary mortals
who are destined to live a tough life full of drudgery and without any moments of glory. On Monday morning, however, Yadav turned into a hero to thousands of residents at Chowringhee near Kulti when he fixed a malfunctioning valve of a gas tanker from which the highly infammable gas was gushing out posing grave danger to two railway stations and to the human habitation nearby.
Around 10:25 on Monday morning, Burdwan police received the information that a gas tanker was leaking at Chowringhee near Kulti. The spot was aabout 250 km from Kolkata.
Inspector-in-charge of the local outpost, Mainul Haque sprung to his feet and rushed to the spot only to find his worst apprehension turn true — it was an LPG tanker and gas was leaking in a jet after a locking valve developed a snag.
The tanker that was travelling from Haldia to Lucknow was carrying 17,500 litres of gas and was a veritable ticking bomb. Though the spot where the tanker was standing was empty, there was human habitation just about a km away. Two railway stations, Salanpur and Sitarampur, were also close by.
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Its driver pleaded helplessness to the police and said he could not fix the snag. Sensing great danger, police began announcing on microphones that everybody, at homes, shops and eateries, should turn off ovens.
About 2 km away Yadav was resting at a dhaba when he heard the announcement and approached the police.
“Initially police were not allowing me to go. After much convincing that I can fix the tanker quickly, they took me to the spot,” Yadav told HT.