Ashok Chakra awardee passes away
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Last Updated: Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 18:44
Shillong: Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Man Bahadur Rai, the oldest surviving recipient of the highest peace time gallantry award Ashok Chakra, passed away at his residence in Assam's Jorhat district, officials said on Tuesday.

Rai left for his heavenly abode at the age of 95 years yesterday at his residence after old-age illness.

He had served 8th Assam Rifles during the tumultuous era of the sixties and was awarded the Ashok Chakra in 1961 for his gallant action against insurgents in Nagaland, where he led a platoon through two hostile positions into the heart of insurgents' stronghold and was successful in dislodging them from that position, Assam Rifles spokesman Lt Col A K Choudhury said in a statement.

"In yet another operation on 3 May 1961, he had led a platoon against strongly fortified hostile position, which was situated on the steep slope of a ravine. On locating the hostile position, he threw hand grenades, killing a few hostiles and physically charged the position killing two more hostiles. This fearless and unexpected assault had spurred his men into action and so demoralised the hostiles that they fled into the thick jungle," the statement read.

The auditorium at Assam Rifles in the Laitkor garrison here is named after this braveheart.

The officer was laid to rest with full military honour during a befitting ceremony at his home place and the Director General Assam Rifles Rameshwar Roy expressed his deep condolences to the family of the departed soul. A wreath to honour the veteran soldier was laid at the funeral ceremony today on behalf of the DG Assam Rifles.


First Published: Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 18:44

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