From Enemy To India's Hero
10 February 2008
New Delhi: His war first began against India but he died as India's pride - a hero. Jawan Abdul Hameed was first a J&K militant, who later surrendered and became a soldier in the Indian Army, made the supreme sacrifice for his nation last June (2007). The brave soldier, who was awarded the Shaurya Chakra posthumously on January 26 (2008), was today (February 11) honoured by his hometown Lolab in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir. In an extremely emotional ceremony, the Indian Army felicitated Hameed's family with a touching tribute. People turned up in large numbers to pay their last respects to their hero Abdul Hameed, who first started out as a militant with the terrorist outfit Al Barq in 2001 and later, surrendered himself to the police in 2003. Hameed joined the Rashrtiya Rifles in 2004, and was also part of an extremely risky operation in June last year. Hameed died after he was gunned down by many militants.