Sunjuwan: JCO Madan Lal proved why Indian Army is best in world
Sunjuwan: A Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) opted martyrdom instead of showing his back to the terrorists even when he was totally unarmed. Through this bravery he not only saved his family but also foiled the ill intentions of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists at Sunjuwan Army camp in Jammu.
He, Madan Lal Choudhary, took bullet shots in his chest and arms, to ensure that his family members could escape the attack carried out by heavily armed terrorists.
The 50-year-old brave soldier finally succumbed to the AK-47 bullet shots but once again proved why Indian Army has the best soldiers in the world. If he had failed in containing the terrorists who were making every effort to break into his quarter, the damage done by the JeM terrorists could have been even bigger.
Gloom prevailed across his non-descript hamlet after the news of death of the land's brave son landed here. People of the border belt of Hiranagar and Kathua district, however, are very proud of the brave son of the soil who dealt with the armed intruders with bare hands and saved his family.
Madan Lal Choudhary’s family was at his quarter in the Military Station as they had to do shopping 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 Surinder Choudhary said.
Surinder further claimed that his brother showed great courage in engaging the armed terrorists while his family could get out of the quarter through the back door.
In the attack, the 20-year-old daughter (Neha) of Madan Lal received bullet in her leg while his sister-in-law Paramjeet also got injured. But none of them were critically injured.
"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 terrorists' plan to cause maximum causalities," Surinder Choudhary said.
Madan Lal Choudhary, who was recently promoted to the post of JCO (Subedar), belonged to a family of soldiers. Hjis elder brother Shamsher Singh is an ex-serviceman, while his son Ankush is a Captain in Indian Army. His nephew Sandeep is also working in the Indian Air Force.
He is survived by his father Inder Chand and mother Banti Devi besides three brothers.
In the attack carried out by the JeM terrorists on the Army camp in Sunjuwan, five army personnel, including two JCOs, and the father of another soldier died, while 11 other sustained injuries.