Wheelchair-bound army officer to become major general

The army will create history soon by promoting a wheelchair-bound brigadier to the rank of major general.

Last Updated: Mar 20, 2010, 16:48 PM IST

New Delhi: The army will create history soon by promoting a wheelchair-bound brigadier to the rank of major general.

He will pick up his two-star rank as and when a vacancy arises as he has cleared the promotion board recently, officers at the Army headquarters said on Saturday.

Brigadier SK Razdan, a 55-year-old paratrooper, was left paralysed below his waist after a spinal injury 15 years ago during a gunfight in Kashmir, which had won him a Kriti Chakra, the country`s second highest peace-time gallantry medal.

Razdan had in a daring effort taken on terrorists and saved the lives of 14 women in a 16-hour operation in Damal Kunzipur on October 8, which also happens to be his birthday.

The officer was in the Army`s Base Hospital in the capital, where he was treated for his injuries, which had caused the paralysis. Currently, the officer is posted here.

The Army has in the past promoted amputee officers to general-officer rank, but this would be the first time a wheelchair-bound officer would become a major general, the officers added.

PTI