Lolab (Kashmir): A terrorist turned-soldier was killed last year in a pitched battle against his former comrades.
Abdul Hamid Chara was killed in an operation where he also killed three Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists.
He was awarded the Shaurya Chakra on Republic Day.
“He performed wonderfully. Three terrorists from Pakistan were killed in that operation,” says Major General Rajinder Singh of 18 Rashtriya Rifles.
For Chara's family, the loss is unbearable, but they are also relieved that his extended family is there to take care of them.
The army has promised to fund the education of his five children. Chara's brother too now dons the uniform of an army jawan.
“He fought for the country. He is a martyr, but the army has done well for us,” says Chara’s mother, Fatema Begum.
‘He did well for the country. The army is happy and we are happy for the courage he showed,” says Chara’s wife.
Not every terrorist would chose to cross the line, but Chara's story has become an inspiration for the youth of Kashmir to spurn militancy and fight for India instead.