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Subedar Madan Lal fought terrorist with bare hands; saved kin

Press Trust of India  |  Bakrah (Kathua) 

He faced a group of heavily armed desperate terrorists with bare hands, took scores of bullets on his chest and arms, yet ensured that the assailants could not inflict much harm on his family.

Subedar Madal Lal Choudhary, 50, eventually fell to the AK 47 bullets fired by the terrorists, who attacked his quarter at station in Jammu, but still foiled their to cause maximum damage.

A pall of gloom descended on this non-descript hamlet after the of Madan Lal Choudhary's death reached here.

Yet, the people of the border belt of Hiranagar in district are proud of the brave son of soil who took on armed intruders with bare hands and saved his family and kin.

Madan Lal Choudhary's family had come to his quarter in the Military Station, Sunjwan, as they need to shop for the wedding of a relative.

"He mustered a lot of courage and saved the life of other family members very tactically by not allowing the terrorists to enter his quarter," his brother said.

said his his brother managed to facilitate the exit of family members from the back as he blocked the entry of terrorists.

However, Madan Lal Choudhary's 20-year-old daughter received a in the leg while his sister-in-law also received But all of them managed to survive.

"I am proud of my younger brother who braved bullets, fought heavily armed militants with bare hands to save family members and kin. Had he failed to save them, the entire family would have been wiped out. He foiled the militants' to cause maximum causalities," said.

Madan Lal Choudhary, who rose to the post of a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) - a Subedar - belonged to a family of defence force personnel.

His elder brother is an ex-serviceman, his son a in the Indian Army, and his nephew is in the

He is survived by father and mother Banti Devi besides three brothers.

The elderly parents father and mother were unaware about their loss till last evening even as the people and relatives thronged their residence.

It was only when Madan Lal Choudhary's wife and his elder brother Shamsher reached home, that they were told the of his death.

People of the village, who witnessed the terror of partition in 1947 and are refugees from Occupied (PoK), were proud of Madan Lal Choudhary's sacrifice.

"We are proud of him. He has fought armed terrorists with bare hands and save all of the family members and some kin. He should be awarded," Dhyan Chand, a villager, said.

Family members, however, lament that at a time they were preparing for the marriage of his nephew in April, they are forced to come to grips with this painful reality.

Five Armymen, including two JCOs, and a father of another personnel died and 11 injured in a attack by JeM terrorists on the camp in Sunjwan in Jammu city.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 19:40 IST
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