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Rich tributes paid at Ashok Chakra martyr's memorial

Written by: Staff
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Chandigarh, Aug 8 (UNI) Rich tributes were paid to late Maj Sandeep Shankla, Ashok Chakra, at a solemn ceremony held at his memorial here, to mark the 15th anniversary of his martyrdom today.

A contingent of Maj Shankla's Unit, the 18th Battalion of the Dogra Regiment presented guard of honour to the gallant solider.

The guard reversed the arms and a two-minute silence was observed.

Buglers sounded the last post followed by the reveille.

Western Command's Chief of Staff, Lt Gen A N Aul was the first to lay a wreath at the memorial. Wreaths were also laid by former Army Chief Gen (Retd) V P Malik, Maj Gen (Retd) J S Dhillon, Brig P S Rathee, Station Commander and Colonel Shashi Bhushan, Commanding officer of the 18 Dogra.

It was touching movement when Maj Shankla's father, Lt Col (Retd) J S Kanwar laid the wreath. Others who paid floral tributes included high-ranking civil officials from government of Haryana, representatives of Rajya Sainik Board and Zila Sainik Board.

Maj Sandeep Shakla was posthumously awarded Ashoka Chakra, the highest peace time gallantry award for displaying the highest quality of leadership and courage in the face of grave personal risk while fighting militants in village Zafarkhani near Panjgam in district Kupwara of Jammu and Kashmir.

Nine terrorists were killed and 22 apprehended in the daring operation. Sepoy Swaran Singh of the same battalion, who laid his life in the same operation, was awarded Kirti Chakra, the second highest gallantry award during peace time and Capt B J D Sandhu was awarded Shaurya Chakra, the third highest gallantry award during peace time.

In addition, the battalion earned five Sena Medals, two Chief of Army Staff Commendation Cards and one GOC-in-C Commendation Card in this one single operation against terrorists.

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