Mobile app developer and technology expert from Nashik, Kaushal Bag has committed suicide on Wednesday. Kaushal, more famous for developing several apps to help people during the Kumbh Mela, Chennai floods and on women safety, was second year student of Computer Science at KK Wagh Arts, Commerce, Science & Computer Science College.
Kaushal had developed 'Helping Hand', a mobile app that had a facility to place an emergency call even when there was not network connectivity or internet connection available. During the Nashik Kumbh Mela, this app was in its initial stage and used as an automated SMS application. In emergency, the user could sent automated SMS to pre-fed emergency numbers.
However, his app OCS proved helpful for over 18,800 people who were stranded in Chennai floods. Speaking with DNA, Kaushal had said, "We realised that our free link was downloaded by two crore people all over by December. During the floods, too many SMSes were sent and we had to route them to our server. We got to know the location of the stranded people and informed the NGOs working on ground. In this way, we helped rescue nearly 19,000 people. This was a great and satisfying achievement".
The app was also used during the Ujjain Kumbh Mela in 2016.
Kaushal's efforts were even appreciated by Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook. Last month, Kaushal did a live telecast on Facebook of a half marathon organised by Nashik Police. He was felicitated by Dr Ravindra Singhal, the Police Commissioner of Nashik for this effort.
Kaushal, in a tweet to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had expressed his desire to donate his app to all sectors across India.