Former soldier shows ability in disability
22-year-old Harinder Singh Bajwa, a BSF soldier, was on patrol on the Line of Control in Kashmir in 2012 when he stepped on a mine. The explosion damaged his right leg severely and it had to be amputated below the knee.
Bajwa spent months in the hospital after his injury and was very depressed. After he was discharged, he was at a BSF hospital in Ahmedabad when he heard that there was counseling being offered to soldiers like him who were disabled during duty. The camp was conducted by the Aditya Mehta Foundation, which was started by para cyclist Aditya Mehta.
Mehta also lost a leg in a bike accident when he was 22, but through sheer hard work, transformed himself into a prizewinning para-cyclist.
Bajwa also decided to try cycling as a way of making something of himself. Last year, Bajwa won the bronze medal at the 6th Para Asian Cycling Championship in Bahrain.