India, in a first for Kashmir, announced the highest peace-time gallantry award “Ashok Chakra” posthumously to Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani. The award will be presented to his wife Mahajabeen by President Ramnath Kovind on Republic Day.
According to official accounts, On November 25, Lance Naik Wani was participating in a counter-terrorist operation in Hirapur village near Batgund, Kashmir. In the gunfight, he was hit with multiple times, including his head and later succumbed to his wounds.
Lance Naik Wani joined the Indian Army’s 162 Infantry Battalion (Territorial Army) (Home and Hearth) Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry, at a young age in 2004.
He was a hero right from the beginning and always served for the peace in his home state of Jammu and Kashmir. His extraordinarily fearless and courageous personage was reflected in getting the Sena Medal for gallantry twice in 2007 and 2018, a defense official said.
Throughout his active life, he always willingly faced grave potential threats and was a source of inspiration for others, the official said. Lance Naik Wani, a resident of Cheki Ashmuji of Kulgam district Jammu and Kashmir, did his village, district, and State proud on the 70th Republic Day.
Hailing from a humble background, he worked for the benefit of the underprivileged section of society. A very genial man, he was very mindful of the problems of his village and the surrounding area. Lance Naik Wani also had many acts of selfless service in the area he belonged to. Apart from his wife he is survived by two sons Athar (20) and Shaid (18). (News Agencies).