Kargil martyr conferred Assam's highest bravery award

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Guwahati, Jul 19 (UNI) Kargil martyr Captain Jintu Gogoi was today posthumously conferred the Bir Chilarai Award, the highest bravery award given by the Assam government, at a solemn function here.

His father, Thagiram Gogoi, accepted the Award from Senior Cabinet Minister Dr Bhumidhar Barman.

The Bir Chilarai Award, named after arguably Assam's best General, who defended the state from several invading armies, including the Mughals, was instituted in 2005.

Hailing from Khumtai in Golaghat district, the Captain was killed during action in the Kargil War in 1999, when he led his troops to evict the enemy from Kala Pathar in the Baltik sector.

He was also decorated with the Vir Chakra in recognition to the gallantry displayed by him in the battlefield.

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