2 officers get Ashok Chakra

Greater Kashmir

Srinagar, Jan 25: Two army personnel, who laid down their lives combating militants in Kashmir, were selected posthumously for Ashok Chakra, the highest peacetime military honour of the country.
Major Mukund Varadarajan and Naik Neeraj Kumar laid down their lives while battling militants in separate operations in Shopian and Kupwara districts of Kashmir respectively, Udhampur-based defence spokesman Colonel S D Goswami said.
“Major Mukund Varadarajan, Company Commander, was injured in an encounter with militants in a village of Shopian district on April 25, 2014. He was evacuated but succumbed to his injuries,” he said.
Naik Neeraj was part of the team that carried out a search and destroy operation in Kalaroos area of Kupwara district on August 24 last year.
“Despite grievous injuries, Naik Neeraj displayed unparallelled courage by killing a militant in hand to hand combat,” he added.