Amputee rider set to ride through 5 countries

25-year-old Rakesh Banik of Assam is all set to make history.

Banik sustained many injuries in an accident in 2012 and had to lose his left leg. It was amputated due to a severe infection. But the incident has not killed his determination.

Banik had a surgery and got a set of prosthetic legs made which he used for cycling. He also underwent a professional para-cycling course at Hyderabad for a month, and started doing charity rides in India.

He has also done a ride from India Gate in Delhi to Guwahati to help flood victims. He raised Rs 50,000 for the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund through that ride which took 15 days.

Banik now plans to go on a ride to five countries – Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar and India – for the protection of rhinos in Assam. He has got approval from Prime Minister Modi for the trip that begins in September. The trip will take two months.

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