Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani, who sacrificed his life fighting terrorists in Kashmir’s Shopian district last year, will be awarded the awarded the Ashoka Chakra posthumously on the Republic Day.
His wife will receive the India’s highest peacetime gallantry medal given to a soldier.
Fighting Terrorism, Saving Lives
On 23 November 2018, Nazir Ahmad Wani was operating with 34 Rashtriya Rifles when he was informed about the presence of six terrorists at Batagund village in Shopian district.
The terrorists were heavily armed and belonged to the Hizbul and Lashkar terrorist associations.
Wani along with his team and a resident of Kulgam was assigned the task to block the likely escape route of the terrorists.
According to the statement released by the President’s secretariat, the terrorists sensed danger and attempted to breach the inner cordon by firing indiscriminately and lobbing grenades.
Undeterred by the situation, Wani held ground and eliminated one terrorist in a fierce exchange at close range.
Wani next closed in on a house where another terrorist was hiding. As the terrorist tried to flee, Wani encountered him in a hand to hand combat situation and defeated him.
Severely wounded Nazir Ahmad Wani, succumbed to his injuries in the hospital.
Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani exhibited the most conspicuous gallantry in personality eliminating two terrorists and assisting in the evacuation of his wounded colleagues and made supreme sacrifice in the highest traditions of the Indian Army.
– Govt. Statement
Wani was given a 21-gun salute and hundreds of villagers were present as the body was taken for burial.
Six militants were killed in the Shopian encounter.
Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani
38-year-old Wani came from the Cheki Ashmuji village of Kulgam Tehsil in Kulgam.
His family includes his wife and two children aged 18 and 20 years.
He was once an Ikhwan, a terrorist who had surrendered to get involved in counter-insurgency operations. He went onto become a highly decorated soldier.
Ikhwan force or “naabedh” was a pro-government militia in Jammu and Kashmir which consisted of surrendered militants.
Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani had joined the Indian Army in 2004.
Wani belonged to the 162 Territorial Army Battalion of the Indian Army.
Lance Naik Wani epitomised qualities of a fine soldier. He always volunteered for challenging missions, displaying great courage under adverse conditions, exposing himself to grave danger on numerous occasions in the line of duty.
– Govt. Statement
He had been awarded the Sena Medal twice. He was honoured with the first Sena Medal in 2007 for eliminating four terrorists during Operation Augam.
On Independence day 2018, he was again decorated with the medal as he had defeated a Hizbul terrorist and apprehended two other from Lashkar-e-Toiba and Hizbul Mujahideen.