Terrorists proved more deadly than snakes

Terrorists proved more deadly than snakes

Army commando Havildar Hangpan Dada, who was conferred the Ashok Chakra posthumously on Thursday, used to keep snakes for pets. This, despite being bitten twice and having to be airlifted to hospital on another occasion to save his life.

But terrorists proved more deadly than snakes for the gritty soldier from 3 Para, who fell to the bullet of a terrorist in Jammu and Kashmir before killing three ultras.

Hailing from Arunachal Pradesh, Dada is survived by his wife Chasen Lowang, daughter Roukhin Dada (10) and son Senwang Dada (7).

“I am proud he sacrificed his life for the nation and happy that he has been given such a big honour. I have to take care of the children and have to be brave and strong,” said Chasen, who received the honour from President Pranab Mukherjee, breaking down in front of the cameras.

On the night of May 26, close to the Line of Control, Dada and his men from the 35 Rashtriya Rifle’s Sabu post, were engaged with a group of terrorists who infiltrated into the country at an altitude of 12,500 ft in Nawgam sector.

The task before the soldiers was to stop the militants from infiltrating deeper into the
Valley.

As Dada’s men tracked their movements, the terrorists too spied trouble and took cover behind snow-clad boulders. To prevent the terrorists from slinking away, Dada led the charge, killing three.

A burst of automatic fire from a fourth terrorist hit Dada, even though he continued to fight and wounded the fourth terrorist as well. The fearless soldier then made the supreme sacrifice and laid down his life.
DH News Service

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