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- May 26, 2010
18 Grenadiers, while leading his team in a search operation in the main area in District Kupwara, Jammu and Kashmir came face to face with two terrorists. Displaying exceptional presence of mind he opened fire on them allowing his team to take cover. In the prolonged fire fight, the officer advanced from cover to cover and with unflinching resoluteness and raw courage, closed in and eliminated the terrorist from close range. The other terrorist brought down intense fire on the team. Sensing danger, the officer exhibiting conspicuous bravery of highest order immediately engaged and forced the terrorist to retreat. He pursued the terrorist, using the difficult folds in the ground, approached from an unexpected direction and personally eliminated the second terrorist. The officer, displaying exceptional sence of responsibility and camaraderie as a true leader unmindful of his personal safety immediately crawled forward to evacuate one of his injured colleague upholding the highest traditions of the Indian Army. For his act of conspicuous gallantry, exceptional leadership and camaraderie in the highest traditions of Army, Lt Sushil Khajuria has been awarded 'KIRTI CHAKRA (POSTHUMOUS)'.
The Turtuk sector where he had lay down his life after battling highly equipped intruders, had been later renamed as Hanifuddin sector as a sign of respect to his valor.CAPTAIN HANEEF UDDIN, 24, VrC (P)
11 Rajputana Rifles
Mission: Attacked by intruders and bombarded by artillery, he and his unit, equipped only with small arms, fought to the end.
On 06 June 1999, a company was deployed in "Operation Thunderbolt" to occupy a position, occupation of which would have facilitated better observation spectrum of enemy movement and dispositions in the area. Captain Haneef Uddin volunteered to lead the special mission patrol consisting of one junior commissioned officer and three other ranks. The party made valiant endeavours to occupy the position on the night of 4"' and 5th June 1999. On 06 June 1999 the party tried approaching the position from an adjacent position occupied the previous night by Captain Haneef Uddin at height of 18,500 feet. Advancing in sub-zero temperature along the razor sharp edge from the southwesterly direction, the party came as close as 200 metres of the position when it was fired upon. Captain Haneef Uddin and two other ranks received the brunt of fire.
Inspite of the grave injury, Captain Haneef Uddin, without caring for his personal safety, took position and started firing to pin down the enemy and to extricate his team members. In the ensuing firing from both sides, Captain Haneef Uddin was further hit by enemy artillery and small arms fire. However, he kept on engaging the enemy till his men could reach a safe location. Captain Haneef Uddin however, succumbed to his injuries. Captain Haneef Uddin displayed bravery and concern for his team of the highest order and with utter disregard to his own safety made the supreme sacrifice.
Captain Haneef uddin was awarded Veer Chakra posthumously for the courage and valour he displayed while on duty.
REST IN PEACE
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