February 8, 2023

Special Forces Officer Capt. Rakesh TR Saved PM Modi’s life and hundreds of fellow citizens

In a Daring Act This Special Forces Officer Saved PM Modi’s life and hundreds of fellow citizens.

The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi was scheduled to visit Jammu for a Public Rally on 24 April 2022. Amid heightened security for the visit, inputs of likely fidayeen attack on rally were received.

Capt. Rakesh TR, troop commander of 9 PARA (Special Forces), was responsible for maintaining readiness to react to any terror related incident in the region.

On receiving input of likely terrorist presence in Jammu district, the PARA SF Alert Troop immediately got mobilized. While on the move Captain Rakesh received input of attack by terrorists on a security forces convoy, in which own fatalities were suspected.

On reaching the contact site located in a densely populated area, Capt. Rakesh quickly spotted terrorists using a quadcopter and maneuvered tactically to place a close cordon around them.

On realising that they were surrounded, terrorists started firing indiscriminately to break the cordon and move towards the civilian areas. Capt. Rakesh sensing imminent danger to civilian lives, pinned down one of the terrorist by bringing down heavy fire on him and then, with utter disregard for his own safety.

As we read his citation for the Shaurya Chakra Medal “for his sharp tactical acumen, nerves of steel and unparalleled courage under fire while eliminating one terrorist and preventing a Fidayeen attack, Captain Rakesh TR will be awarded the “SHAURYA CHAKRA” at the Republic Day 2023.

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  • Shantanu K. Bansal

    Founder of IADN. He has more than 10 years of experience in research and analysis. An award winning researcher, he writes for the leading defence and security journals, think-tanks and in-service publications. He is a senior consultant at the Indian Army Training Command (ARTRAC), Shimla. Contact him at: Shantanukbansal2@gmail.com

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