Sena Medal, VC Awardee Kills Five Ultras Before Falling
25 June 2007
Srinagar: A Junior Commissioned Officer decorated for bravery in Siachen and Sudan, gave another display of courage by killing two heavily-armed Pakistani infiltrators with a bayonet and three with his rifle before falling to enemy bullets. 'The unparalleled act of bravery, leadership and supreme sacrifice by Naib Subedar Chunni Lal not only foiled the infiltration bid but saved the lives of his fellow soldiers' in Keran sector of Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmri yesterday, a defence spokesman said here today. The 39-year-old was heading a party of troops which had sealed all escape routes of the intruding militants when he found another group attempting to join it to break the cordon. Not caring for his life, Lal charged into the group, killing three militants with his bayonet killine two of them, the spokesman said. 'This act of daredevilry' took the militants by total surprise. A profusely bleeding Lal continued to fire till all the remaining three militants were killed,' he said. The Army operation led to recovery of five Ak-47 rifles, 15 magazines, 132 rounds of AK ammunition, six hand-grenades, a global positioning system, and other war-like stores. It was not the first time Lal courted danger. He was awarded the Sena Medal for his role in the capture of key Bana Post at an altitude of 21,153 feet on Siachen glacier and a Vir Chakra for the UN Peace Keeping Operation in Sudan. Born in 1968 in Baderwah district of Jammu region, Lal joined the 8th battalion of Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry in 1984 and during 23 years of service 'lived up to the promise of an ideal soldier', the spokesman said.