New Delhi, Aug 14: Rifleman Aurangzeb, who hails from Jammu and Kashmir and was brutally killed by terrorists in Pulwama in June while on his way back to home for Eid, will be honoured with Shaurya Chakra (Posthumous) on the 72nd Independence Day on Wednesday. Also Read - Encounters Break Out in Kulgam, Anantnag Day After J&K Police Gun Down 7 Terrorists
Aurangzeb, who belonged to the 44 Rashtriya Rifles, was on way back home on June 14 to celebrate Eid when terrorists abducted him. Also Read - Fresh Snowfall In Gulmarg Makes For Splendid View | Watch
Hours later, his bullet-riddled body was found at Gussu village, about 10 km from Kalampora, in Pulwama district. His killing triggered widespread outrage in Kashmir. Also Read - Monday Motivation: Engineers Attempt 5.3 Metre Metal Fit To Complete Chenab Arch in Most Treacherous Terrain
The soldier was reportedly part of the army team that had killed top Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Sameer Tiger, on April 30. Hailing from village Salani in Poonch, Jammu and Kashmir, 24-year-old Aurangzeb joined the Army in 2012. He is survived by his wife, parents and three brothers.
While the jawan was laid to rest with full state honours, locals raised slogans of ‘Shaheed Aurangzeb amar rahe’ (May Aurangzeb remain immortal) at the last rites ceremony. Furthermore, locals raised anti-Pakistan slogans to express their outrage over Aurangzeb’s killing.
Aurangzeb’s brother appealed Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take revenge from the terrorists as soon as possible.
“I appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take swift action in this. 100 of their people should pay the price, for the death of my brother. If you (the government) is not able to do so, then tell us, we will do it ourselves,” Aurangzeb’s brother told news agency ANI.
Aurangzeb’s father – a retired Army personnel – requested the central and state governments to eliminate militancy in Jammu and Kashmir. “My son has abided by his pledge, he has kept his promise. He sacrificed himself for the nation and came back to me. I request the central and state govts to eliminate militancy,” he said.