The two young men, Rakesh Sharma and Vikramjit from Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir, who overpowered and caught alive a suspected Pakistani terrorist last week, were given Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Bravery award by the All India Anti Terrorist Front (AIATF) at a function held in Mumbai for showing exemplary courage. The award includes a financial assistance of Rs 1 lakh each.
- As per the official report, the duo were taken hostage by Mohammad Naveed alias Mohammad Usman, a Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terrorist, who had escaped from the encounter site on Jammu-Srinagar national highway in Udhampur on August 5.
- The youths risked their lives when they grabbed Naveed’s AK-47, pinned him to the ground and disarmed him while he was readying himself to attack the forces.
- AIATF chairman M S Bitta said that he would visit the village of these youths after a few days and will make some recommendations to government not only for the betterment of youths there, but also of entire village. He also added, need of the hour is to train the youths living in states neighbouring Pakistan border in dealing with terrorists, on the lines of Israel.
- As per the duo, they are facing a threat to life after the incident, but they are least bothered about it and service to the country is the only priority for them. Their names for ‘Shaurya Chakra’ gallantry medal were recommended by Jammu & Kashmir Police.