It is indeed a matter of pride and honour for the family of martyr Jagdish Chand for being decorated with Kirti Chakra, the country’s 2nd highest Peace Time Gallantry Award after Ashok Chakra posthumously for displaying the exemplary courage of killing a terrorist during the Pathankot terror attack.

Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Dev Vrat and Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said that the brave soldier deserved the honour adding further that Himachal Pradesh is a land of brave soldiers and till the time such soldiers are guarding the national boundaries we could sleep peacefully.

He said that martyr Jagdish Chand, who hailed from Basa village in Chamba, was a blazing example of fearlessness, who was unarmed at the Pathankot airbase.After snatching the rifle of one of the terrorists he shot him dead and attained martyrdom while preventing others from doing further damage.It is not only a proud moment for the family but also for the state, as he is being conferred with the Kirti Chakra.