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Kupwara school renamed after rifleman who died during encounter

Kupwara school renamed after rifleman who died during encounter
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Srinagar, Aug 18 (PTI) The Army renamed its goodwill school in Lolab of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district after Shaurya Chakra awardee rifleman Abdul Hamid Chara, who was killed in a counter-militancy operation in 2000.

“In an initiative to give a befitting tribute to a gallant son of Lolab, Rifleman Abdul Hamid Chara, Shaurya Chakra, a renaming ceremony of Army Goodwill School was held today (Tuesday) at Chandigam,” Srinagar-based PRO Defence Col Emron Musavi said.

He said Chara made the supreme sacrifice in Lolab while fighting militants.

Abdul Hamid Chara, of the 162 Territorial Army battalion, remains embedded in the larger conscience of the locals as a hero who fought against hardcore militants in the year 2000 during a counter-terrorism operation while he was serving with the 18 Rashtriya Rifles battalion, Musavi said.

Chara was singularly responsible for neutralising a Lashkar-e-Taiba commander, identified as Mussa, while fighting against heavy odds, he added.

“To honour the brave son of Lolab, AGS Chandigam was renamed as Hamid Chara Army Goodwill School, Chandigam. Unveiling of the school name was done by Gulshan Akhtar, wife of the late rifleman,” Musavi said.


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