Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani, who was a two-time recipient of Sena Medal lost his life while fighting terrorists in 2018. For his brave actions and sacrifice, he has earned the highest peacetime gallantry award, the Ashok Chakra. He was a former terrorist and joined the Indian army to protect the motherland.
“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,” a press release from the President’s Secretariat said.
Since his enrolement in the Army, Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani, SM**, 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. This is evident from the two gallantry awards conferred on him earlier. Lance Naik Nazir, yet again insisted on being part of the assault team during Operation Batagund launched by 34 Rashtriya Rifles Battalion on 25 Nov 2018 post receipt of credible intelligence regarding presence of six heavily armed terrorists in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir. Tasked to block the most likely escape route, Lance Naik Nazir, moved swiftly with his team to the target house and tactically positioned himself within striking distance. Sensing danger, the terrorists attempted breaching the inner cordon firing indiscriminately and lobbing grenades. Undeterred by the situation, the NCO held ground and eliminated one terrorist in a fierce exchange at close range. The terrorist was later identified as a dreaded district commander of Lashker-e-Taiba. Thereafter, displaying exemplary soldierly skills, Lance Naik Nazir closed in with the target house under heavy fire and lobbed grenades into a room where another terrorist was hiding. Seeing the foreign terrorist escaping from the window, the NCO encountered him in a hand to hand combat situation. Despite being severely wounded, Lance Naik Nazir eliminated the terrorist. Showing utter disregard to his injury, Lance Naik Nazir continued to engage the remaining terrorists with same ferocity and audacity. He injured yet another terrorist at close range, but was hit again and succumbed to his injuries. For displaying unparalleled bravery and supreme sacrifice in the line of duty, Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani, SM** is awarded “ASHOK CHAKRA (POSTHUMOUS)”.
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आतंकी से सैनिक बन शहीद हुए वानी को अशोक चक्र, वीरता पुरस्कार पाने वाले पहले कश्मीरी. शहीद लांस नायक नजीर वानी ने पिछले साल छह आतंकियों को मार गिराया था. लांस नायक नजीर वानी सेना की 34 राष्ट्रीय राइफल्स में तैनात थे. पिछले साल शोपियां में सेना के ऑपरेशन में उन्होंने 6 आतंकियों को मार गिराया था. इसी ऑपरेशन में वह शहीद भी हो गए थे. आतंकियों के खिलाफ उनकी बहादुरी को देखते हुए उन्हें दो बार सेना मेडल भी मिल चुका है. ⚔️🇮🇳❤️🙏🏻💐🎖 #indianarmy #kashmir