J&K Locals Mourn Militant-Turned-Indian Soldier Killed On Duty

Lance Naik Nazir Ahmed Wani, 38, died during an encounter in South Kashmir’s Shopian district.

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J&K Locals Mourn Militant-Turned-Indian Soldier Killed On Duty

Tears streamed down the faces of residents in Chak Ashmuji village on Monday, 26 November, as they bid farewell to braveheart Lance Naik Nazir Ahmed Wani, who laid down his life during an encounter in South Kashmir's Shopian district, in which six militants were killed.

Wrapped in tricolour, the body of the decorated soldier was taken to his native village, Ashmuji, in Kulgam and handed over to family members.

The mortal remains of Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani being taken for burial at his native village, Chak Ashmuji, in Kulgam
(Photo: PTI)

“Wani was a militant initially and became a counter-insurgent after he realised the futility of violence,” a senior Army officer accompanying the coffin said.


"The family was fighting tears and they were honoured by the supreme sacrifice of Lance Naik Wani for the nation and peace for his state," the officer said.

After the rituals, the body was taken for burial to a nearby graveyard where 500 to 600 villagers were present. A 21-gun salute was given when Wani's body was lowered in the grave.

Family members pay tribute to L/NK Nazir Ahmad Wani, who lost his life while fighting terrorists in Shopian.
(Photo: PTI)

The village is surrounded by areas like Koinmooh, which are notorious for terrorist activities.

Villagers had started gathering at his residence early on Monday morning to mourn the death of their son, who began his career with 162 battalion of Territorial Army in 2004.

‘Fought Terror Relentlessly’

"He was a real braveheart 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," the officer said.

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

His battalion was attached with a unit of Rashtriya Rifles, a force carved out of the Army for fighting militancy in Jammu and Kashmir. "His colleagues will always remember him for his indomitable courage and bravery which led to many successful operations," the officer said.

Wani, 38, is survived by a wife and two children aged 20 and 18 years.

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