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CRPF commandant from Allahabad feted for killing 4 militants in Jammu & Kashmir

CRPF and J&K policemen including Iqbal, 47, have been decorated with DG discs for their distinguished bravery by CRPF DG RR Bhatnagar and J&K police DGP SP Vaid.

lucknow Updated: Jun 08, 2017 17:24 IST
Farhan Ahmed Siddiqui
Commandant of CRPF’s 45th battalion Iqbal Ahmad.
Commandant of CRPF’s 45th battalion Iqbal Ahmad.(HT Photo)

CRPF commandant from Allahabad Iqbal Ahmad, who led his men in foiling a militant attack in their camp at Sunbal of Badipora, Jammu and Kashmir in the wee hours on Monday, has been awarded DG disc for bravery.

The CRPF team also killed the four armed militants. Iqbal is presently heading the 45th battalion of CRPF whose former commandant Chetan Cheetah received nine bullet injuries while countering militant attack earlier this year.

CRPF and J&K policemen including Iqbal, 47, have been decorated with DG discs for their distinguished bravery by CRPF DG RR Bhatnagar and Jammu and Kashmir police DGP SP Vaid. The DG disc is awarded to the troops for their excellent services and carrying out special operations involving life risk and danger.

Back in Sangam City, Iqbal’s family including his mother and three brothers are beaming with pride. They rejoiced in Iqbal’s achievements. His family members said Iqbal always wanted to join security forces. Resident of Naini area of Allahabad, Iqbal was born in 1970. He joined CRPF in 1997 after completing his MA from Allahabad University. His first posting was in Anantnag district during, which he was part of several anti-terrorist operations in South Kashmir.

Later, he also served in Nagaland, Tripura and was even deployed in riot-hit areas of Gujarat in 2002. In 2011, Iqbal was again posted in Kashmir and in February 2017 he was handed over the command of 45th battalion of CRPF after its commandant Chetan Cheetah was injured in a militant attack.

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Eldest among four brothers Iqbal is married to Fatima and has three children. His wife and children also live with him in Kashmir. His father Ashraf Ali, who was a retired railway employee died in 2014. Iqbal’s family in Allahabad, which included his mother Zaitun Begum, and younger brothers Abrar Ahmad, Aftab and Mehtab were worried when they heard about the attack on CRPF camp in Bandipora.

Later, they spoke to Iqbal on phone who informed them that he was awake for ‘sehri’ when he found something suspicious near the camp. He immediately alerted the CRPF personnel and killed the four militants with the help of Jammu and Kashmir police.