Gallantry award for Naib Subedar who ‘killed militants’ on LoC

New Delhi: Naib Subedar Bhupal Singh Magar will receive the second-highest peacetime gallantry award Kirti Chakra from President Pranab Mukherjee here Friday for “killing two militants in an encounter” in Jammu and Kashmir.
Magar of the 5/5 Gorkha Rifles will be the only recipient of the Kirti Chakra at the investiture ceremony while eight other Army personnel would be awarded the Shaurya Chakra by the President.
A resident of Rupendehi District of Nepal, Magar is receiving the award for killing two militants from a heavily-armed group on the Line of Control (LoC) on August 31 last year in Kupwara district, an army statement said.
“Magar spotted movement of six heavily armed militants. He immediately side-stepped his position in rugged and boulders ridden terrain and closed in towards the militants, despite being under fire,” the statement said.
“He fired a long burst, killing one militant and then pursued the second militant and injured him. While the injured militant was hiding behind a boulder, Magar charged towards the militant and killed him,” the statement said.
Among the Shaurya Chakra awardees, Maj Mandeep Singh Ghumman of 1 Assam Rifles will get the third-highest gallantry award for eliminating two terrorists in anti-terrorist operations in the Northeast on May 8 last year.
Captain Sandeep Bhartiya of 17 Jat Regiment has been awarded the Shaurya Chakra for killing a militant in an operation in Jammu and Kashmir. —PTI