The elite commando force Nation Security Guard (NSG) has recommended its dog ‘Rocket’ along with Lt Col Niranjan and two others for military gallantry medals for their role in eliminating terrorists in Pathankot attacks.
The two-and-a-half-year-old Belgian Malinois dog and his handler have been recommended for bravery decoration for displaying “raw courage and dedication to duty” in the face of extreme threat and danger.
Rocket during a training exercise indiatoday
Though Rocket’s paws got singed but the canine still followed the directions of his handler.
A final decision will however be taken by a Union Home Ministry-appointed committee which clears names of recipients of these medals. The list is expected to be finalised before the next Independence Day.
Besides ‘Rocket,’ Lt Col Niranjan will be awarded the second-highest peacetime gallantry medal. NSG had said it lost the experienced and brilliant counter-IED officer to a deadly booby trap as the terrorists had used an innovative technique whose antidote was not included in the Standard Operating Procedure of the ‘black cat’ commandos force.
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The Pathankot attack that took place on the intervening night of January 1-2 claimed the lives of seven security personnel while four terrorists were killed by NSG and other security personnel.