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President Ram Nath Kovind confers Ashoka Chakra on govt gunman-turned-soldier Nazir Wani

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New Delhi: Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani, an Ikhwani-turned-soldier who died fighting a group of militants in Shopian in Kashmir in November, was awarded the Ashoka Chakra by President Ram Nath Kovind Saturday.

The award -- India's highest peacetime gallantry honour -- was received by Wani's wife and mother at the R-Day celebrations at Rajpath. Wani is the first Kashmiri to be conferred the Ashoka Chakra.

On November 25, 38-year-old Wani, hailing from Cheki Ashmuji in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir, died in a gunfight that left six militants dead in Hirapur village near Batgund in Shopian.

According to the citation, Wani single-handedly killed two militants during the Shopian operation and injured a third one despite receiving serious injuries.

"In an unparalleled saga of sacrifice, Lance Naik Wani prevented escape of the militants from the target house and made a huge contribution in neutralisation of six hardcore terrorists, in the process laying down his life upholding the highest tradition of the Indian Army," it said.

Lance Naik Wani joined the Army's 162 Infantry Battalion (Territorial Army) Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry in 2004.

Wani was a recipient of the Sena Medal for gallantry twice in 2007 and 2018.

Ashoka Chakra is the highest peacetime military decoration for valour, courageous action or self-sacrifice away from the battlefield.

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