14 Aug 2020
Three armed forces personnel have been conferred with the prestigious Shaurya Chakra on the Independence Day for showing exemplary courage while fighting terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir. Lieutenant Colonel Krishan Singh Rawat of Parachute Regiment (Special Forces), Major Anil URS of 4 Maratha Light Infantry and Havildar Alok Kumar Dubey of Rajput Regiment 44 battalion of the Rashtriya Rifles have been named for the third highest peacetime gallantry award.
Lt Colonel KS Rawat, Sena Medal, was team leader of a mission oriented team deployed along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir for conduct of counter-infiltration and terrorist operations.
Major Anil is a company commander deployed along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir and Havildar Alok Kumar Dubey was also posted in Jammu and Kashmir.
Lt. Colonel Rawat was awarded the gallantry medal for leading his team into a 36 hour ambush of terrorists attempting to infiltrate. He gave specific positions for two terrorists resulting in their successful elimination. He also guided his team to safety from the retaliatory fire by the enemy and later located the remaining terrorists, eliminating two of them and grievously injuring others.
Major Anil laid an ambush based on intelligence inputs of terrorists’ movement across the LOC and their plans to cross the LC to attack Indian military personnel. He led his team efficiently to bring down five terrorists despite receiving heavy fire from enemy troops. He is awarded the gallantry medal for “extraordinary leadership, nerves of steel and spirit of service before self.
Havildar Alok is awarded for “display” of raw courage in preventing terrorists from breaking a security cordon laid by his team and killing one dreaded terrorist belonging to the A++ category while blocking others from escaping, enabling his team to further tighten the cordon and eliminate all other terrorists.
Head Constable Abdul Rashid Kalas
Head Constable Abdul Rashid Kalas has been awarded the Kirti Chakra posthumously. The award is recognition of bravery and valour and is second in order of precedence of peacetime gallantry awards. He also earned an out of turn promotion for his bravery before 2019.
Member of the Special Operations Group (SOG), Head Constable Kalas was part of an encounter with terrorists took place in Pinglan area of Pulwama on February 18, 2019, where he laid down his life taking on terrorists who were involved in plotting the attack on the CRPF convoy in Pulwama that killed 40 troops. Among the terrorists killed were Kamran and Abdul Rashid, divisional commanders of terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).
The then Superintendent of Police (Pulwama) Chandan Kohli had said, “Both individuals deserve Kirti and Shaurya Chakra. Head Constable Abdul Rashid was extremely courageous. He would go out of his way even during earlier encounters.”
Five security personnel, including three army soldiers and a Major, were martyred in the gunbattle. While Rashid was martyred, SP Chandan was rushed to the hospital along with DIG Amit Kumar who had also suffered grievous injuries.