The Hush Post|01:25 pm|2-min-read
A teenager from Jammu & Kashmir Irfan Ramzan Sheikh received the Shaurya Chakra award from President Ram Nath Kovind in Delhi on Tuesday. He had foiled an attack by three terrorists on his house in 2017 when he was a 14-year-old.
#WATCH President Ram Nath Kovind confers Shaurya Chakra award upon Irfan Ramzan Sheikh of Jammu & Kashmir, for foiling an attack by three terrorists on his house in 2017 when he was 14 years old. pic.twitter.com/on45WKguLX
— ANI (@ANI) March 19, 2019
On October 16, 2017, three militants arrived at Irfan’s house. They wanted to kill his father Ramzan Sheikh. Acting impetuously showing presence of mind, the 14-year-old didn’t allow them to enter his house.
Irfan fought with the militants. One of the militants was shot dead while Irfan followed the other two who ran away. His father was also severely injured.
The Shaurya Chakra is the third in order of precedence of peacetime gallantry awards. It comes after the Ashok Chakra and the Kirti Chakra. It precedes the Sena Medal.
The Shaurya Chakra is awarded for valour, courageous action or self-sacrifice while not engaged in direct action with the enemy. It may be awarded to civilians as well as military personnel, sometimes posthumously.