Col Navjot Singh Bal, a Shaurya Chakra awardee and former commanding officer of the 2 PARA SF, passed away in Bengaluru Thursday. Col Bal, believed to be in his late thirties, had been battling cancer for the last two years and is survived by his wife and two children. Hailing from a military family, Col Bal was posted at the Northern Command’s Operation section when the 2016 surgical strikes were carried out. His death is being mourned in the Army, especially by personnel of the special forces community for whom he was a living icon. “Col Bal was involved in multiple anti-terror operations and was a living icon in uniform,” said a Para officer, who did not wish to be identified. Col Bal was awarded the Shaurya Chakra for an operation in the upper ranges of Kashmir’s Lolab Valley where he and his buddy chased a group of terrorists and shot dead two of them in close combat.
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