Major Tushar Gauda and sepoy Vijay Kumar were awarded nation’s second-highest peacetime gallantry medal Kirti Chakra for killing two terrorists. They were awarded for their “uncommon valour” and “indomitable raw courage during the terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir.
Major Gauba (20 Jat Regiment) single – handedly killed three militants and rescued one of his injured colleagues in Kupwara district in May last year.
“Without considering his safety, Major Gauda took control over the situation. He crawled 20 meters under heavy fire and killed three terrorists in close combat”, said an officer.
Sepoy Kumar (22 Rashtriya Rifles), lost his own life while eliminating two terrorists in Darsu village in Baramulla district in August last year.
“Even though he was injured, he killed one terrorist and refused to evacuate the place. Later he killed another terrorist in hand-to-hand fight before succumbing to his injuries”, said the officer.