It was on August 8, 1991, major Sandeep Shankla and sepoy Swaran Singh showed courage in front of fear. The two men of Dogra Regiment died gallant deaths during a counter-insurgency operation in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district.
Their martyrdom had not gone waste. Nine terrorists were killed and 22 others arrested in the operation.
Twenty years on, maj Shankla, who was awarded the highest peacetime gallantry award Ashoka Chakra (posthumous), and sepoy Swaran Singh, who was posthumously awarded Kirti Chakra (second-highest peacetime gallantry award), were remembered for their bravery at the Shankla Memorial in Sector 2 here on Thursday.
A wreath-laying ceremony was followed by a guard of honour. Lieutenant general TS Gill, chief of staff, Western Command, laid the wreath on behalf of the base.
Several serving officers, junior commissioned officers and veterans of the Dogra Regiment also laid wreaths in the memory of the two armymen. Family of the departed officer too was present at the ceremony.
For the courage he displayed in the operation, Capt BJS Sandhu was awarded the Shaurya Chakra (third-highest gallantry award).