From A Former Terrorist To A Decorated Army Man Who Died Fighting For Nation

It's hard to miss the heart-wrenching picture of a grieving father of an army man and an Indian army officer consoling him. The entire village of Chak Ashmuji where this brave soldier lived, went into mourning after receiving the news of his martyrdom.

Lance Naik Nazir Ahmed Wani wasn't just any soldier. He was once a terrorist. He hailed from terror infested south Kashmir district of Kulgam, where young boys are brainwashed into taking up arms. 

Thankfully, better sense prevailed and soon the realization dawned upon him that he was fighting for the wrong cause and he surrendered. Nazir Ahmed, then decided to do the right thing and so he joined armed forces.

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Nazir began his career with Territorial Army’s 162 Battalion in 2004, as a counter insurgent and since then he had been a part of various operations carried out by the army in different parts of Kashmir.

Even in Army circles he was famous as a counter-insurgent, proving how successful he was in his job. Because of his work he was awarded the Sena Medal for gallantry in August 2007 and a bar to the Sena Medal in August this year.

His colleagues will always remember him for his indomitable courage and bravery which led to many successful operations - Senior Army Officer.

On November 26, 2018, Nazir and his colleagues from Rashtriya Rifles unit came to know about the presence of terrorists in south Kashmir's Shopian late Saturday night.

Six Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists, heavily armed, were hiding in a house when the soldiers reached the village. All of them were killed in a six-hour encounter. Nazir, as he stormed the target house, was hit by multiple bullets, where he succumbed to his injuries. He is survived by wife and two children aged 20 and 18 years.

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When the body of this decorated army man reached his village, wrapped in tricolor, to be handed over to family members, the entire village went into mourning.  

After the rituals, his body was taken for burial to a nearby graveyard where 600 villagers had gathered. As a mark of respect, 21-gun salute was given when Nazir's body was being lowered into the grave. His last rites was attended by his family members, close friends, relatives and hundreds of villagers besides several top Army officers, who spoke highly about this fearless soldier and his family.

The family was fighting tears and they were honored by the supreme sacrifice of Lance Naik Wani for the nation and peace for his state - a senior Army officer.

He was a real brave heart and his enthusiastic participation in an anti-militancy operation had fetched him a Sena Medal in 2007 and again a bar to the Sena Medal this year on the eve of Independence Day.

Wani was an 'epitome of bravery' as he continued his relentless pursuit against terrorism specifically in South Kashmir.

The army even took to social media and tweeted, "You are not alone, an Indian Army officer to father of a braveheart," which moved millions of Indians, who couldn't help retweeting it. 

Picture Source: MensXp; IndiaTimes, Times Of India

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