New Delhi: Constable Rajendra Kumar Nain of 130 Bn Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) was decorated with the Kirti Chakra posthumously.

In December 2017, three heavily armed terrorists sneaked into the Lethpora camp in Jammu and Kashmir and entered the four-storey building. After receiving the information about the attack, the Valley Quick Action Team (QAT) from Srinagar and Range QAT of South Kashmir Ops Range (SKOR) Anantnag rushed to the Lethpora camp.

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Zile Singh, Assistant Commandant of Range QAT (SKOR) with his buddy constable Rajendra moved to evacuate the trapped personnel from the building. Amid the heavy firing, the troops first rescued about 10 personnel from the building, and then advanced to engage the terrorists hiding somewhere in the attic area.

As constable Rajendra opened the attic door, the terrorist fired a volley of bullets and simultaneously lobbed a grenade towards them. Rajendra, in a flash, without caring for his life, moved inside with his bullet proof shield and fired a burst at the militant with full might. However, the terrorist also fired back from behind the cemented block. Resultantly, one Armour Piercing Incendiary (API) round pierced through the bullet proof shield and hit his chest.

Despite this, he valiantly continued to fire on the terrorist, till he fell unconscious. In the process, he inflicted grievous wounds on the terrorist. Constable Rajendra was evacuated to the hospital immediately where he attained martyrdom.

The Lethpora operation continued for more than 36 hours and was eventually repulsed successfully by the CRPF. Constable Rajendra displayed exceptional and conspicuous bravery, raw courage, utmost dedication and commitment to duty in fighting with terrorists and made supreme sacrifice for the nation.