A police constable from the Humayun Nagar police station in Hyderabad, put his own life at risk, as he rescued several people stuck inside a residential building that caught fire on Monday.
While some reports suggest that Bheem Rao rescued 20 people, others said the figure was 50.
However, it was established that the total number of people who were rescued stood at 50.
At around 11.30 on Monday, the control room received a distress call, stating that a fire had broken out in an office situated in Osman Plaza in Mehdipatnam.
According to reports, the complex has 30 flats of which nine flats were let out to commercial establishments.
The fire was said to have been triggered by a short circuit.
Rao, who was on bandobust duty nearby, rushed to the spot, first bringing out LPG cylinders to prevent a major disaster and then rescuing several people.
â€śApart from getting the people down on the ground floor, Bheem Rao also brought out LPG cylinders from the building to prevent an explosion,â€ť a resident told TNIE.
Speaking to TOI, Rao said, "When the fire broke out, residents on higher floors started moving upstairs instead of coming down. I had to run after them to bring them down. There were also many aged inside the building who were not that agile. When I heard them scream and shout, I rushed to their flats and started pulling them out. After that I began carrying them downstairs to safety."
TOI also reported that Rao joined the force in 2009, and was recently transferred to Humayun Nagar police station from Chatrinaka.
His bravery did not go unnoticed, as IT and Municipal Administration Minister KT Rama Rao took to Twitter to praise Bheem Rao for his deed.
He also asked the Telangana DGP to recognise Rao's 'brave act'.