Major Aditya, rifleman Aurangzeb to get Shaurya Chakra

Major Aditya Kumar, against whom the Jammu and Kashmir police had filed an FIR after his unit killed three youths in Shopian during a protest/clash in January, is among 20 armed forces personnel who will be honoured with Shaurya Chakra. 

Rifleman Aurangzeb, who was killed by militants in Pulwama in June when he was on his way home for Eid, would also be conferred the gallantry award. 

The official list of gallantry award winners was released by the defence ministry on the eve of the Independence Day.

In February, the father of Major Aditya had moved the Supreme Court seeking quashing of the FIR. During hearing of the case, the Centre said the state government cannot lodge an FIR against serving army personnel when the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) was in force in the state. 

Rifleman Aurangzeb, who belonged to the 44 Rashtriya Rifles, was on way back home on June 14 to celebrate Eid when militants abducted him.

Hours later, his bullet-riddled body was found at Gussu village, about 10 km from Kalampora, in Pulwama district. PTI