Late major Mukund Vardarajan and sepoy Vikram Singh laid down their lives to save civilian population at village Qazipathri in Shopian on April 25. Three terrorists shot dead in the encounter were threatening the local population against voting and were also responsible for the attack on polling officers on April 24.
Defence spokesperson said Major Mukund rushed troops, sepoy Vikram was in the same team, to the site and cordoned to prevent the terrorists from escaping.
Late Major first ensured that all civilians were escorted off to a safe place from the area of the operation. In close range encounter, Vikram got fatally wounded while Mukund received serious bullet injuries.
Spokesperson said despite being critically injured, Mukund continued to fight till he too attained martyrdom.
Army said both Mukund and Vikram laid down their lives for national security and upholding the honour and integrity of the nation.
Major Mukund Vardarajan, who was born on April 12, 1983, belonged to Tambram, Tamil Nadu and was commissioned in 22nd Battalion of the Rajput Regiment on Mar 18, 2006 from Officers Training Academy, Chennai. He was posted to 44 Rashtriya Rifles Battalion in valley in December 2012.
He is survived by his wife Indhu Mukund and three- year old daughter Arshea.
Sepoy Vikram Singh belonged to Rewari, Haryana and was born on March 15, 1983 and was enrolled into 17th Battalion of the Rajput regiment on October 7, 2002.
He was with 44 Rashtriya Rifles since December 19, 2012. Vikram is survived by his wife, Sushila and son, Abhishek Kumar.