Srinagar: Constable Manzoor Ahmed Naik, who was killed during the Tral gunfight, had volunteered twice to place explosives around the house where two militants were holed up in Reshipora village.
Quoting a senior officer PTI said Naik crawled in the pitch dark and placed charges (explosives used for road construction) around the house. He came under heavy fire from an AK rifle as he started retreating towards his position but managed to escape, they said.
“Koi baat nahi (don’t worry),” had been his reply when it was pointed out to him that he would have been killed and that he should not take such risks.
The explosives planted by him, though, brought down only half of the house.
This was followed by a heavy exchange of fire which continued till nearly 2am.
The situation was tense as people in the nearby locality were protesting.
The firing then stopped and following a wait of two hours, Naik again volunteered to plant explosives to bring down what remained of the house, after an Army Major suffered serious gunshot injuries.
As he charged towards the house this time, he was hit by a volley of bullets from a militant. Despite his wounds, Naik planted the explosives on remaining part of the house before breathing his last, PTI said.
Survived by a four-year-old son Aarzoo, a pregnant wife and two unemployed brothers, the resident of Salamabad in Uri (North Kashmir) was the lone bread-earner for his family.
He had announced to his senior officer earlier that he was proceeding on leave as his wife was expecting.
“It’s sad that we have lost a boy whose love for his duty and motherland will not go waste. The supreme sacrifice made by the constable boosts the moral of Jammu and Kashmir Police. I salute the brave heart,” director general of police SP Vaid said after the wreath laying ceremony held for the policeman.