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Polio fails to deter feat

- Man rappels down Biscomaun with elan

Dealing with a physical disability is always difficult but polio-afflicted Suman Ranjit is born with determination.

The 41-year-old Patna resident on Sunday conquered physical challenges by making a successful attempt of rappelling down the 76m (250ft) high Biscomaun Bhavan using a pair of ropes.

Despite dysfunctional legs and right hand, Suman rappelled down the 16 floors of Biscomaun Bhavan in just 24 minutes in front of hundreds of onlookers who might have been unaware but Suman finished the entire act in highly-risk conditions, especially due to showers minutes before the final attempt. He even had to take out his gloves as he could not get grip on the wet rope.

Suman started the first lap from the 16th floor at 4.50pm and reached the rooftop of the adjacent building at 5.05pm — 10 floors in 15 minutes. After a gap of 30 minutes, Suman started the final lap at 5.35pm and touched his feet on the ground at 5.44pm sharp — another six floors in nine minutes. The entire act was done on the eastern side of Biscomaun Tower, which faces Gandhi Maidan.

Dedicating the successful attempt for the world records to his family, friends and supporters, Suman said: “I was practising for the past 10 years and I am glad that with the grace of the almighty and all my well-wishers I could do it.”

Suman has already rappelled down the 29m heritage granary Golghar in similar act in 1994 as well as in 2006, and he would send a formal proposal about Sunday’s feat to Guinness World Records and Limca Book of Records.

Suman’s mother Shail Devi said he had been courageous right from the childhood and he has the support of the entire family in all his adventurous acts. Born and brought up in Patna, Suman lives with his mother, father, a brother, wife and two daughters at his Rajeev Nagar residence. The first time he took up an adventurous act was in 1988 when he went from Patna to Punjab on a customised scooter. Again, he went from Patna to Kathmandu on his scooter in 1990. He again went on a similar ride, “Sadbhavna Yatra”, from Patna to Ayodhya in 1992.

Suman said: “Social awareness and adventure are the factors which always motivate me to take up such tasks.”