New Delhi: A militant-turned-soldier, Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani, who laid down his life fighting ultras was awarded Ashoka Chakra by President on Saturday.
Wani was killed in Shopian in Kashmir in November while fighting a group of terrorist.
The award, India’s highest peacetime gallantry honour, was received by Wani’s wife and mother at the Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath.
Officials said Wani is the first Kashmiri to be conferred the highest peacetime gallantry award, the Ashoka Chakra.
Reports said on November 25, 2018, the 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.
Army officials said Wani gunned down the ‘district commander’ of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and one foreign terrorists in a daring display of courage.
The citation said Wani single-handedly eliminated two terrorists during the Shopian operation and injured a third one despite receiving serious injuries.