Constable Manzoor Ahmed Naik made the supreme sacrifice while battling militants in Tral, Jammu and Kashmir on March 5, 2016. Had it not been for him, the two dreaded militants hiding inside the house would have fought back and escaped. It was Naik who volunteered to plant the explosives around the house.
Thanks to his bravery and his risky task, the house was demolished and the security forces were able to kill the two militants after a 15-hour battle. "Koi baat nahi (not an issue)," he told his seniors when they told him that he was risking his life. The two militants, one of them from Pakistan, were firing from inside the house. The terrorists managed to engage the security forces for nearly 15 hours in the encounter that began at 6 pm on Saturday.
Naik was repeatedly told by his superiors not to approach the house. However, he insisted at least twice during the course of the encounter that he wanted to plant the explosives.
It was pitch dark and he crawled towards the house to plant the explosives. As he approached the house, he was once again told by his superiors not to take any risk. However, he continued and planted the explosives and returned. Only half the house was demolished in the explosion.
Two hours later, he volunteered to plant more explosives. He moved towards the house and while doing so he came under heavy fire by the militants. Despite being wounded badly, he went ahead and planted the explosives near the remaining part of the house. This explosion brought down the entire house. However, Naik breathed his last.
He is survived by a four-year-old son, a pregnant wife and two unemployed brothers. Naik was a resident of Salamabad in Uri.