Dinanagar terror attack brave-hearts to get gallantry award

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Chandigarh, Aug 14 (IANS) Three home guards from Punjab are to be posthumously conferred the President’s Home Guard and Civil Defence Medal for Gallantry for fighting Pakistani terrorists who attacked Dinanagar town in Gurdaspur district last year.

Bodh Raj, Desh Raj and Sukhdev Singh, who died fighting the terrorists, would be honoured during Independence Day celebrations on Monday.

The Dinanagar terror attack took place on July 27 last year when three Pakistani terrorists entered from the border belt.

Seven people, including a Punjab police officer, three home guards and three civilians lost their lives in the terror attack.

The terrorists had a 11-hour long gun battle with security forces at the Dinanagar police station complex. All three terrorists were killed by security forces.

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The Army had last year honoured two railways employees who averted a major tragedy by spotting live bombs planted by the same terrorists on a railway bridge near Dinanagar town.

The railway brave-hearts were gate-man Darshan Kumar and Satpal.

The terrorists had planned more mayhem by wiring five live bombs on the railway track on a small bridge on the Pathankot-Amritsar railway section.

A tragedy was averted as alert railway staff detected the bombs five minutes before a train carrying about 250 passengers was to cross the bridge.



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