Pathankot martyr Sepoy Jagdish Chand of the Defence Security Corps (DSC) has been decorated with Kirti Chakra, the country’s second highest peace time gallantry award, posthumously for his glaring example of valour during the Panthankot terrorist attack.
Martyr Jagdish Chand, hailed from Basa village in Chamba, showed a glaring example of courage during terrorist attack at the Pathankot air-base. Sepoy Jagdish Chand was working in the mess when terrorists struck under the cover of darkness. He was unarmed when the terrorists attacked and after snatching the rifle of one of the terrorist, he shot him dead preventing others to do more damage and attained martyrdom.
He served in the Dogra Regiment and after retiring in 2009, he was re-employed with the DSC, which is deployed on security duties at military establishments. He had been transferred to Pathankot month and had joined duty just a day before the incident.
The Governor Acharya Devvrat said that till the time such soldiers were there to guard the national boundaries, no one can dare to turn an evil eye towards our Nation.
He said every Indian was with the family members of Jagdish Chand and all other martyrs who showed exemplary courage to fight terrorism or preventing outside attacks.
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh in his message said that Himachal Pradesh was a land of brave soldiers and we were proud of those who keep awake guarding our boundaries so that we could sleep peacefully.