Havildar Hangpan Dada showed perseverance, grit and determination to kill four intruding terrorists before laying down his life at the height of 13,000 feet in North Kashmir, that won him the Ashok Chakra.
Havildar Hangpan Dada of 35 Rashtriya Rifles ndtv
It has been awarded to him posthumously. It is the highest award to an army man during peace-time operations today on the eve of the Independence Day.
The late Havildar Hangpan Dada of 35 Rashtriya Rifles with his wife Chasen on a holiday livemint
36-year-old Dada, who laid down his life for the country on May 27 this year, valiantly fought in the treacherous Shamsabari range in North Kashmir eliminating four heavily- armed terrorists who had infiltrated into North Kashmir from Pak-occupied-Kashmir (PoK).
Hailing from Boduria village in far-flung Arunachal Pradesh, he was popularly known as ‘Dada’ among his team.
Enrolled in the Assam Regiment of the Army in 1997, Dada was posted with the 35 Rashtriya Rifles, a force carved out for counter-insurgency operations.
Mortal remains of martyred soldier echoofarunachal
In a fierce gun battle that went on for over 24 hours, he took the enemy head-on, and charged at the spot where terrorists were holed up and killed two terrorists on the spot and later the third one after a hand-to-hand scuffle as they slid down the hill towards the Line of Control.
He displayed raw courage, unflinching grit, presence of mind and with utter disregard to his personal safety and despite bleeding profusely, discharged his duties and made supreme sacrifice for the nation.
Attending last cermonial rites of late Havildar Hangpan Dada at native village Borduria in Tirap twitter
The presence of mind of Dada, who is survived by his wife Chasen Lowang, 10-year-old daughter Roukhin and six-year-old son Senwang, saved the lives of his team members who came under heavy fire from the terrorists.