Kashmiri teenager awarded with Shaurya Chakra for fighting with armed terrorists and preventing attack

Irfan Ramzan Sheikh, a 14-year-old boy hailing from Jammu and Kashmir, on Tuesday was honoured with Shaurya Chakra for exhibiting an extraordinary show of bravery and maturity by preventing a terror attack on his house in October 2017.

On the intervening night of October 16-17, 2017, three terrorists came to Irfan’s house whose father, Mohammad Ramzan Sheikh, is a political activist in the state. When Irfan heard some noise outside the house, he opened the door and found to his shock that three terrorists were standing in the verandah, armed with rifles and grenades.

Sensing trouble, Irfan exhibited the highest degree of courage and got into fisticuffs, jostling and pushing the terrorists, risking his own life, to stop them from entering the house. In the meantime, Irfan’s father too came out of the house. Seeing him approach, the terrorists pounced on him and a scuffle ensued.

After sometime, the terrorists resorted to indiscriminate firing, resulting in severe injury to Irfan’s father. One of the terrorists too was hurt in it. On seeing one of their associates injured, the terrorists tried to escape from there. But, Irfan chased them. Seeing Irfan following them, the terrorists left the body of their associate and fled away.

President Ram Nath Kovind presented gallantry awards on Tuesday at the Defence Investiture Ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Sepoy Vijay Kumar of the Indian Army was conferred with the Kirti Chakra posthumously for displaying indomitable courage during the counter-terrorist operations in Jammu and Kashmir.

Kirti Chakra was also conferred on Constable Pradip Kumar Panda of CRPF posthumously for displaying exceptional bravery and commitment to duty during counter-terrorist operations in Jammu and Kashmir.

Besides that, Lieutenant General Anil Bhatt was conferred with ‘Uttam Yudh Seva Medal’ by President Kovind for the successful conduct of counter-terrorist operations under in Jammu and Kashmir.

This year, President Ram Nath Kovind approved awards 411 gallantry and other defence decorations for Armed Forces personnel and others on the eve of the 70th Republic Day Celebrations.

The awards include one Ashoka Chakra, 4 Kirti Chakras, 11 Shaurya Chakras, 28 Param Vishisht Seva Medals, 3 Uttam Yudh Seva Medals, 51 Ati Vishisht Seva Medals, one Bar to Yudh Seva Medal, 9 Yudh Seva Medals, two Bar to Vishisht Seva Medals.