India’s highest peacetime gallantry award was today awarded to Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani, a militant-turned-soldier who laid down his life fighting a group of terrorists.
The award was received by Wani’s wife and mother at the Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath.
Wani is the first Kashmiri to be conferred the Ashoka Chakra.
On November 25, 38-year-old Wani, hailing from Cheki Ashmuji in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir, lost his life in a counter-terror operation
against six terrorists in Hirapur village near Batgund in Shopian.
In the gunfight that followed, he was hit multiple times including on his head but he too retaliated and injured another terrorist before
succumbing to his grievous wounds, as per info.
According to the citation, Wani single-handedly killed two terrorists during the Shopian operation and injured a third one despite receiving serious injuries.
Lance Naik Wani joined the Army’s 162 Infantry Battalion (Territorial Army) Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry in 2004.
Ashoka Chakra is the highest peacetime military decoration for valour, courageous action or self-sacrifice away from the battlefield.