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Irfan Ramzan Sheikh – 14-year-old boy who fought 3 militants in J&K awarded Shaurya Chakra

Irfan Ramzan Sheikh, a Class 10 student, was at the centre of a rare occasion at the Rashtrapati Bhavan — as the first Kashmiri teenager to receive the Shaurya Chakra, the peacetime gallantry award in 2019, for fighting terrorists who attacked his residence in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Speaking to The Indian Express after the function, Irfan said: “I came to know only recently that I have been selected for this award. Today, the President and all the others present at the function appreciated me.”

The award citation read, “During the intervening night of October 16/17, 2017, some local militants of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen outfit cordoned off the house of Mohd Ramazan Sheikh, S/o of Ab Ahad Sheikh, a political activist and was acting as “Halqa President PDP” for quite a long period of time. After lying cordon around the house, a few militants knocked the door of said PDP worker.  Shri Irfan Ramzan Sheikh, elder son of the PDP worker, aged about 14 years opened the door.  He found three militants in the Verandah of the house holding AK series rifles and wearing pouches carrying magazines and grenades. These militants questioned him about the whereabouts of his father and also asked him for the key of the vehicle lying in the compound of PDP worker.  Sensing that the militants could harm his family particularly, his father, he exhibited highest degree of courage and faced the militants for some time to dodge them so as to avoid their entry inside the house.” 

“In the meantime, his father namely Mohd Ramazan Sheikh came out from the house and as the militants sighted him, they pounced upn the PDP workers resulting in scuffle between him and the militants. Shri Irfan Ramzan Sheikh knowing that the militant could cause damage to any extent, did not think for a moment for his personal safety and pounced upon the militants while exhibiting highest degree of bravery and used his full muscle power to overpower the militants for safeguarding the life of his father and other family members.  The militants resorted to indiscriminate firing resulting in severe bullet wounds to Mohammed Ramzan Sheikh. On seeing the father in a pool of blood, Shri Irfan Ramzan Sheikh did not lose courage and continued to engage one of the militants in scuffle who resorted to indiscriminate firing upon his father resulting in severe injuries to the militant as well who later also succumbed to his injuries and identified as Showkat Ahmad Kumar S/o Ab. Ahad Kumar.”

“The militants, on seeing that one of their associates also got injured, tried to flee away from the spot. However, Irfan Ramzan Sheikh chased them and they left the body of their associate militant.  While covering some distance in chasing the militants, Shri Irfan Ramzan Sheikh got a sense that his father is seriously injured and needs medical attention, he immediately returned back and with the help of other family members, shifted their injured father to hospital where he unfortunately succumbed to his injuries and passed away.

On the next day, some people from village and from adjoining areas accompanied by few militants marched towards the house of slain PDP worker and torched his house. Shri Irfan Ramzan Sheikh exhibited the extraordinary show of bravery and maturity exhibited in such a small age.”

Irfan is the eldest of four siblings, and his mother is now employed with the J&K government. Since the protesters from neighbouring villages set fire to Irfan’s house in Imam Sahib Shopian, a volatile area in south Kashmir, the family has since moved out. Soon after receiving the Award, the 16-year-old disappeared into hiding, in a house where the family has been living in fear of reprisal from the jihadists.  Shri Irfan Ramzan Sheikh, now studying XI Std., aspires to join the police force.

Havildar Hangpan Dada – Bleeding Profusely and With Utter Disregard to His Safety, Killed 4 Terrorists

It was sheer grit and determination displayed by Havildar (Hav) Hangpan Dada, who killed four intruding terrorists before laying down his life at the height of 13,000 feet in the harsh and icy Himalayan range of North Kashmir

Hav  Hangpan Dada, fondly called by his comrades as Dada, was born on  2nd October of 1979 in Borduria village in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh.  Hav Dada was a keen sportsman and used to run several kilometers and do 25-30 push-ups every day even as a child.  Hav Dada joined the Army and was recruited to the 3rd Battalion of the Parachute Regiment on 28 October 1997. Six years later, he then went on to serve with the Assam Regimental Center and joined the 4th Battalion of the Assam Regiment on 24 Jan 2008.

A few years later in 2016, Hav Dada then volunteered to serve with the 35 Rashtriya Rifles engaged in anti-insurgency operations in J & K. A devout Christian, was fond of keeping snakes as pets and had to be evacuated by a helicopter once after he was bitten by one of them. Hav Dada was a soldier par excellence and was equally liked by his peers as well as seniors.

During May 2016, Hav Dada’s unit, 35 RR was deployed in the Naugam sector in J& K. On 25 May 2016, his unit had received information from intelligence sources about the presence of terrorists in the Naugam sector. A decision was taken to launch a search and destroy operation in the night to flush out the terrorists. On the night of 25 May, Hav Dada along with his other comrades led a charge on the hiding terrorists as per the planned operation. After reaching the suspected area, Hav Dada along with his team spotted the movement of terrorists and launched a well-coordinated attack on them. A fierce gun-battle ensued that went on for over 24 hours. Hav Dada killed two terrorists on the spot in a swift a daring action. On seeing this, the other two terrorists fled and hid behind some boulders. Spotting two terrorists who had hidden behind boulders, Hav Dada lunged at one of them. The two were locked in hand-to-hand combat, slipping and sliding down the hill, till Hav Dada finally neutralized him.

However, the fourth terrorist then sprayed bullets into him. Ignoring his grievous wounds, Hav Dada pinned down the shooter and severely injured him. The terrorist was eventually killed but Hav Dada succumbed to his injuries and was martyred.  Hav Dada killed three terrorists in the operation single-handedly and his action led to the elimination of the fourth terrorist. Hav Dada’s action of eliminating three terrorists in an engagement at close quarters and injuring a fourth one, in disregard to his personal safety, foiled the infiltration bid and ensured the safety of his comrades.

Hav Hangpan Dada is survived by his wife Smt Chasen Lowang Dada, daughter Roukhin, and son Senwang. For the supreme sacrifice made by him while discharging his duties and for displaying raw courage, unflinching grit combined with presence of mind with utter disregard to his personal safety, though bleeding profusely, was conferred the “Ashoka Chakra” posthumously, on the eve of the Independence Day in 2016. The 7-year-old son of martyred Havildar Hangpan Dada – whose wife received Ashok Chakra from President also wants to join army. Hangpan Dada was honoured by the Arunachal Pradesh State Govt with its highest civilian award, Arunachal Ratna, during 2018 Statehood Day celebration. The State Government had also renamed the football and volleyball tournaments for CM’s Trophy as Hangpan Dada Memorial Trophy. Dada’s heroics have been documented in an official documentary released by Indian Army.

Captain Tushar Mahajan – Who Through His Dare-Devil Operation Killed the Terrorists in Pampore Attack

Captain Tushar Mahajan was born on 20 April 1989 in a family of academicians. His father Dev Raj Gupta was a well-known educationist in Udhampur and retired as a principal. Captain Mahajan always nurtured the dream of becoming a soldier for taking on terrorists and eliminating them. Before getting selected for National Defence Academy training, Capt Tushar had completed his schooling from Little Flowers Convent School up to class VIII and later Happy Model Higher Secondary School up to Class 12 in Udhampur. He joined NDA in the year 2006 (batch 116) and thereafter went to IMA in the year 2009 (Batch 126).

Capt Tushar Mahajan, according to close friends, had joined the Indian Army against the wishes of his parents. His father wanted him to become an engineer like his elder brother but he followed his passion and became an officer in the army. He got commissioned into the famed Parachute Regiment and joined the elite 9 Para(SF). Capt Tushar loved the adventurous life and took great pride in being a commando from the prestigious Special Forces unit, known for its daredevil operations.

Pampore attack: 21 Feb 2016

During the year 2016, Captain Mahajan’s unit was deployed in J & K area and was undertaking counterinsurgency operations on a regular basis. On 20 Feb 2016, the militants attacked a convoy of CRPF in Pampore when they were returning from a search operation. A total of 11 CRPF Jawans got wounded in the attack and then the militants entered the nearby multi-storeyed Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI) at Pampore in Pulwama district, about 15 km south of Srinagar city. The police and security forces evacuated more than 100 people, including students and EDI employees, from the building before cordoning off the area. Subsequently, a decision was taken to launch an operation to flush out the militants using the elite forces of 9 Para(SF) along with other elements of the security forces.

9 Para(SF) decided to launch a late-night commando operation to neutralize the hardcore militants. The assault team that spearheaded the operation was led by Capt Tushar Mahajan. He along with his troops stormed the huge building in a daring manner and forced the militants to move to other areas in the building, thus clearing a large area of the building to launch subsequent operations. The militants were heavily armed and were using automatic weapons and grenades. During this daredevil action Capt Tushar Mahajan, got hit by four bullets and was seriously injured.  He was evacuated to 92 Base hospital in Srinagar where he succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. Capt Tushar Mahajan displayed exceptional courage and fighting spirit during the operation and led from the front like a true military leader. His sacrifice paved the way for subsequent coordinated assault wherein all the militants were successfully neutralized. Capt Tushar Mahajan was given the gallantry award “Shaurya Chakra” for his bravery, unyielding fighting spirit, and supreme sacrifice.

“He was such a boy that when he was asked to write an essay in the class he wrote that his aim was to join the Army and kill terrorists. That was the time when his other classmates did not even know what terrorists or the army was,” his classmate and childhood friend Sushant said.

Recalling Capt Mahajan’s passion for the army, his inconsolable father, Dev Raj said, “Though I have lost my son I am proud that he laid down his life for the nation, an honour which only a few can get.” A statue of Captain Tushar Mahajan, the braveheart of Udhampur, was unveiled at the ‘T Morh’ of Udhampur on his birthday.

Image credit: https://www.gallantryawards.gov.in/Awardee/tushar-mahajan-posthumous

Rising Bharat International News Feed: October 19th 2020

  • Relation with US
  1. India Buys Winter Gear From US On “Urgent Basis” Amid China Row: Report

(NDTV, 19 October 2020) News Link

  • India Buys Winter Gear From US On “Urgent Basis” Amid China Row: Report

(NDTV, 19 October 2020) News Link

  •  India, US expected to sign BECA deal during 2+2 dialogue this month-end

(Times of India, 19 October 2020) News Link

  1. India-UK Air Bubble Arrangement Sees Weekly Direct Flight Between Goa And London

(Republic World,19 October 2020) News Link

  • European countries
  1. French Ambassador Emmanuel Lenain: France supports India’s strategic autonomy

 (Tribune India, 19 October 2020) News Link

  1. Australia to join Malabar naval exercise with India, US and Japan

(daijiworld, 19 October 2020) News Link

  1. Snubbing Technique Unit From Canada To Control Assam’s Baghjan Blowout: Oil India

(NDTV, 19 October 2020) News Link

  • Financing India: India and Canada relation to touch 100 billion CAD

(Free Press Journel, 19 October 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Bangladesh
  1. NIA chargesheets 12 for trafficking women from Bangladesh

(Mumbai Mirror, 19 October 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Bhutan
  1. Illegal liquor godowns busted near Indo-Bhutan border

(thenortheasttoday, 19 October 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Shri Lanka
  1. India and Sri Lanka begin their annual exercise SLINEX today

(DD News, 19 October 2020) News Link

  1. Indians stranded in Pakistan due to COVID-19 return to India via Wagah-Attari border

(Times Now News, 19 October 2020) News Link

  • Pakistan invites Indian Sikhs for Guru Nanak’s 551st birth anniversary

(Times of India, 19 October 2020) News Link

  • Pakistan readies plan to sabotage J&K telecom blackout with new mobile towers (Hindustan Times, 19 October 2020) News Link
  • Revealed: Pakistan Army’s new conspiracy to unleash terror in Jammu and Kashmir

(Zee News, 19 October 2020) News Link

  • Pakistan Army emotionally blackmails its population with its own idea of India

(The Print, 19 October 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat International News Feed: October 18th 2020

  • Relation with African countries
    • Rise of Africa is in India’s strategic interest: EAM S Jaishankar

Key Points:

  1. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said that facilitating, contributing and partnering the rise of Africa is in our strategic interest. “If Africa becomes one of the poles of global politics, it is better for us,” he said.

(Economic Times, 18 October 2020) News Link

  1. Vaccine nationalism: WHO backs India, South Africa’s proposal to ease patent rules

(Hindustan Times, 18 October 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Shri Lanka
  • Indian and Sri Lankan navies to carry out 3-day military drill beginning Monday

Key points:

  1. The Indian Navy will deploy anti-submarine warfare corvettes INS Kamorta and INS Kiltan
  2. The Sri Lanka Navy will be represented by offshore patrol vessel Sayura and training ship Gajabahu
  3. The navies of India and Sri Lanka will conduct a three-day military exercise off Trincomalee beginning Monday, in a show of growing congruence in their strategic interests and operational convergence in the region, officials said.
  4. The eighth edition of the annual SLINEX exercise will feature a series of complex drills including surface and anti-air weapon firings and cross deck flying operations with an aim to further fine-tune the “high degree” of inter-operability between the two navies, they said.
  5. The Indian Navy will deploy anti-submarine warfare corvettes INS Kamorta and INS Kiltan as well as a sizeable number of advanced light helicopters, Chetak helicopter and Dornier maritime patrol aircraft in the exercise, the officials said.
  6. “SLINEX series of exercise exemplifies the deep engagement between India and Sri Lanka which has strengthened mutual cooperation in the maritime domain,” an Indian Navy spokesperson said.

(Live Mint, 18 October 2020) News Link

  1. India scrambles to buy winter gear from US amid row with China

Key points:

  1. India until now sourced high-altitude kits for its defense forces mainly from Europe or China
    1. The rush to acquire the gear shows the situation will extend into the winter

(Live Mint, 18 October 2020) News Link

  1. चीन ने भारतीय सीमा के पास दागीं मिसाइलें, रॉकेट की बारिश से थर्राए पहाड़

Key points:

  1. चीन की सेना पीएलए ने भारतीय लद्दाख के पास में 4700 मीटर की ऊंचाई पर जोरदार युद्धाभ्‍यास क‍िया है।
  2. चीन के सरकारी अखबार का दावा है क‍ि इस अभ्‍यास के दौरान 90 फीसदी नए हथियारों का इस्‍तेमाल क‍िया गया।

(नवभारतटाइम्स, 18 October 2020) News Link

    • India-China prepare for 8th round of military commanders’ talks next week

Key points:

  1. According to senior officials, India and China are not impatient over a resolution on the friction points but have decided to keep the dialogue channels open at both military commander and diplomatic levels.

(Hindustan Times, 18 October 2020) News Link

  1. Need to restore peace along LAC: S Jaishankar

Key points:

  1. India and China were developing cooperation in areas such as trade, tourism and societal activity since the late 1980s because of peace and tranquillity in the border areas and this year’s border standoff has “deeply disturbed” the situation, he said during an online conversation with former ambassador Gautam Bambawale for the Pune International Centre.

(Hindustan Times, 18 October 2020) News Link

  1. Pakistan violates ceasefire along international border in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua

Key points:

  1. Pakistani Rangers opened fire at forward posts and villages along the international border (IB) in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir
    1. firing in the Pansar-Manyari area of Hiranagar sector around 9.45pm on Saturday, The cross-border firing between the two sides continued till 5.10am

(Latest LY, 18 October 2020) News Link