9-year-old Tarh Peeju will be forever immortalized in the mind of the people as Arunachal Chief Minister Kalikho Pul has announced to name a bridge after her. The bridge would be built over the Pachin River near Jullang village. A student of Alphabet Public School in Nirjuli, Peeju died on Thursday after she was washed away by flood waters having saved two friends from drowning in the Pachin River.
The Chief Minister praised her as ‘an inspiration’ and ‘a guardian angel’ for saving the life of her two friends, 9-year-old Tarh Charu and 10-year-old Phassang Mary. Recounting the fateful day, Peeju’s father told the CM that ‘Peeju with her friends were on their way to mother’s farming field situated across the river. She didn’t know her mother had returned from the field, and in their attempt to cross the river met with tragedy.’ ‘She cried for help moments before she drowned tired and exhausted saving her two friends. Her body was found 30 metres away from the accident site,’ recalled the father with teary eyes.
Praying for strength to the family members to bear the loss, the Chief Minister said, ‘I have come here not as CM but as another human being to share your sorrow.’ Assuring every possible measures to help, the CM said, ‘We cannot bring her back, but I assure you that she will live in our memory forever.’ Pul also announced that Peeju’s name will be recommended for the national bravery award in recognition of her brave act.