J&K cop given ‘Shau­rya Chakra’ posthu­mously for ex­em­plary courage

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NEW DELHI: A Jammu and Kash­mir Po­lice con­sta­ble has been awarded the ‘Shau­rya Chakra’ posthu­mously for show­ing ex­em­plary courage while fight­ing mil­i­tants in the restive state, of­fi­cials said.

Man­zoor Ahmed Naik, who was a res­i­dent of Uri in Bara­mulla dis­trict, laid down his life at Haffu Nigeen­pora vil­lage of Tral in South Kash­mir’s Pul­wama dis­trict on March 5, 2017 dur­ing a gun­fight with mil­i­tants.

Naik was a part of cor­don and search op­er­a­tion in the area jointly con­ducted by the Jammu and Kash­mir Po­lice, the Rashtriya Ri­fles and the CRPF.

On the day, the 33-yearold po­lice­man, who be­came a fa­ther soon af­ter he lost his life, was try­ing to flush out mil­i­tants holed up in a house, af­ter es­cap­ing a vol­ley of fire in his first at­tempt, a home min­istry of­fi­cial said.

In his first at­tempt, Naik, un­de­terred by blaz­ing fire from as­sault ri­fles, crawled in the pitch dark and placed ex­plo­sives around the house. As he started re­treat­ing, he came un­der heavy fire, but he es­caped un­harmed.

The ex­plo­sives planted by him, though, brought down half of the house.

Af­ter a wait of two hours, when the ex­change of fir­ing stopped, Naik again vol­un­teered to plant ex­plo­sives to bring down what re­mained of the house. As he charged to­wards the house sec­ond time, he was hit by a vol­ley of bul­lets from a mil­i­tant.

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