Pargat Singh Sandhu is famous for his charity work and bravery.
He is known as “Pargat Gotakhor” in the adjoining areas, which literally means diver or swimmer who takes things out from deep waters. He hails from Dabkheri village in Kurukshetra, Haryana.
Till date, he has captured seven crocodiles, and has taken out many dead bodies from the deep waters of Jyotisar Heads, seven km from Kurukshetra.
Jyotisar Heads is formed by three major water waterways including Narwana Branch canal, Satluj Yamuna Link and Sarswati drain.
“When I was young my parents told me that floods long ago may have brought some crocodiles via waterways from Bhaur Saidan Crocodile Breeding Centre,” said Pargat Singh.
The Bhor Saidan Crocodile Breeding Centre is located 22 km from Kurukshetra and 13 km from Thanesar at Bhor Saidan village, on the Kurukshetra-Pehowa road, the only such facility in northern India.
“About 30 years ago, Kurukshetra, including Bhor Saidan breeding centre area, witnessed floods and a few crocodiles were swept away. The Saraswati drain near the centre is belived to have become a natural habitat of the displaced reptiles where their population has grown over the years,” wildlife inspector Rajiv Garg explained to Tribune News.
Pargat has no formal training in capturing the beasts but he said he is always keen and careful. He admits that with God’s grace he has never feared the crocodiles.
“The crocs I captured are as big as 8-10 feet. They target grazing animals, and the residents are absolutely terrified. I always wanted to help people, such is my mission.”
“I am sad to mention that Jyotisar head is a suicide point,” said Pargat Singh who has seen many people commit suicide in that particular point.
“I help to take out dead bodies at free of costs. This is my mission. As a Sikh I try to help people in need. People want to perform the last rituals of the bodies of their loved ones, and I understand their desperation,” said Pargat Singh.
“The professional divers take lakhs of Indian rupees to fish out the dead bodies, and we do it for free as a charity. That’s my payback and service to humanity.”
“As a ‘diver’ or as a ‘croc hunter’, none of the Government officials ever contacted me with any job offer. Not that I ask for any financial help. All is well with God’s grace. I feel content doing what I am doing at the moment,” Pargat said in an interview with SBS Radio’s Punjabi program.
“I am training my young daughters swimming these days. It is need of the hour. And I also urge other people in the area to do the same. Even I am happy to help anyone learn swimming.”
“Please feel free to contact me if you want my services to hunt crocodiles in this area. I will capture and hand them over to the district officials.” via www.sbs.com.au
“Pargat is a true disciple of Bhai Kanhaiya ji. His charity, mission and selfless service of humanity with no distinction of color, caste or creed must be cherished by all means,” said one of Pargat’s Melbourne based admirer Rashpal Singh.