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Injured in 26/11 attack, ex-commando is MLA now

PTI  New Delhi, December 09, 2013
First Published: 00:35 IST(9/12/2013) | Last Updated: 12:34 IST(10/12/2013)

Former NSG commando Surender Singh who was severely injured during 26/11 Mumbai attack while flushing out militants from Taj hotel, emerged victorious in political field also as today he won from Delhi Cantt seat on Aam Aadmi Party ticket.

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Surender defeated BJP's Karan Singh Tanwar by a margin of 355 votes from Delhi Cantt seat.

He was left hearing impaired after a grenade explosion during the rescue operation at Taj Hotel. Later he plunged into politics after retiring from active service.

Hailing from a family of limited means in Jhajjar of Haryana, Surender has served in the Army for 14 years.

Surender was severely wounded in Operation Black Tornado while rescuing people trapped inside Taj Hotel.

The 35-year-old commando who was on a deputation from the Army's Grenadiers unit, had joined the rescue operation barely four days after his first child was born.

A day after Ajmal Kasab was hanged, Surender had slammed the government claiming that he was offered only a bulk of his financial benefits.

The ex-commando was discharged from service after a medical board ruled him unfit for service.

Aam Admi Party today made a stunning debut in electoral politics by winning or leading in 28 of the 70 Assembly seats in Delhi and stopping BJP short of a majority in an election that toppled the three-term Congress Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

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