Sunday, August 15, 2010

Major who died fighting terrorist in Kabul awarded Ashok Chakra

An Army major,who died fighting a terrorist to save 12 of his colleagues during an attack on Indians in Kabul,has been conferred the Ashok Chakra,the countrys highest peacetime gallantry award. Major Laishram Jyotin Singh,an Army doctor posted in Kabul,fought a heavily-armed terrorist during an attack on Indians at a Kabul hotel on February 26.He gave up his life for the sake of five of his colleagues,one of whom,despite his efforts,was charred to death,and another succumbed to his injuries five days later.His sacrifice,in addition,also saved the lives of two officers,four paramedics and two Afghan civilians still alive within the compound, the defence ministry said on Saturday,while announcing the gallantry awards on the eve of Independence Day. The 37-year-old doctor from Manipur showed exemplary courage when a heavily-armed terrorist,after killing three guards,entered the hotel building to kill the survivors.Singh charged with bare hands at the armed terrorist and pinned him down, the statement said. The Major grappled with the terrorist until the latter detonated his suicide vest.The officer and the terrorists were instantly killed.Kirti Chakra,has been given to Captain Davinder Singh Jass and Chhattisgarh Superintendent of Police Vinod Kumar Choubey (both posthumously ).Jass was given the award for counter-terrorist operations in Jammu.On February 23 this year,when Jass was leading an operation in Chinkipur,his squad came under heavy indiscriminate terrorist fire. He successfully evacuated one of his men to safety.Thereafter he crawled forward to evacuate the second man but was injured, the MoD said.He killed one of the terrorists.He later succumbed to his injuries.

Vinod Kumar Chaubey will receive Kirti Chakra posthumously for anti-Naxal operations in Chattis-garh. Besides the Ashok Chakra and 2 Kirti Chakras, 112 gallantry awards, including 2 Bar to Shaurya Chakras,19 Shaurya Chakras, 2 Bar to Sena Medal (Gallantry ),80 Sena Medals (Gallantry ), 3 Nao Sena Medals (Gallantry) and five Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) have also been given away.

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