SPO From South Kashmir Conferred With Shaurya Chakra Posthumously

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Special Police Officer (SPO) Ashiq Hussain Malik conferred with Shaurya Chakra posthumously for taking part in an encounter at Bijbehara area of Anantnag in 2018 in which four militants were killed.

His parents Maqbool Malik and Shahzado Bano received the award from President Ram Nath Kovind today.

According to police sources, SPO Aashiq Hussain Malik of Chittergul, Anantnag, was part of a joint operation launched against militants hiding in a house in Bijbehara area on June 22, 2018.

“Under heavy fire from those inside, SPO Malik was able to get close to the structure and engage the militants. Four militants died in the operation. Malik was also killed,” the police said.

President Ram Nath Kovind, who is the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, conferred two Kirti Chakras, including one posthumous, one Vir Chakra and 10 Shaurya Chakras, including two posthumous, to the personnel of Armed Forces and Paramilitary Forces during Defence Investiture Ceremony (Phase-1) at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi in the morning of November 22, 2021.

The Gallantry awards were given to the personnel for displaying conspicuous gallantry, indomitable courage and extreme devotion to duty.

Ministry of Defence, in a press release, informed today that the President also conferred 13 Param Vishisht Seva Medals, two Uttam Yudh Seva Medals and 24 Ati Vishisht Seva Medals for distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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