Jammu, Aug 16 : Expressing happiness on being awarded with the Kirti Chakra, the second highest gallantry award in peace time, Central reserve Police Force (CRPF) commandant Chetan Cheetah, who survived nine bullets in an attack, said it was always good to recognise a soldiers’ work as it will bring up positive atmosphere within the organization.
“Recognition of the good work is always good. Soldiers need to be recognized. This time my work has been recognised and I am very happy for that and this will definitely bring up positive atmosphere within the organization,” Cheetah told.
Cheetah survived nine bullets during a gun battle with terrorists in Kashmir’ Bandipora on February 14 this year.
Recalling the incident of February 14, Cheetah said that nobody can ever predict where the operation goes adding that the situation that day was a very different from the usual operation that they had carried out earlier.
“Before that day we along with the Jammu and Kashmir Police and the Indian Army conducted many successful operation altogether. But situation that day was a little different. The Army sent their party before time and I suppose the terrorist came to know about this,” he said.
Cheetah said on the day he was attacked, his entire bullet proof jacket was damaged, but luckily none of his vital organs were injured, except his lower abdomen, which is which still recovering.
Further commenting on the situation of the Valley, Cheetah said the issue of Jammu and Kashmir has not been resolved properly from the very beginning and have always been used by the political parties for their benefit or have been ignored.
“These issues cannot be solved mentally. The kind of support the terrorists are getting from the neighbouring country, the matter will keep on escalating till the time there supply lines will not cut off,” he said.
The 45-year-old had suffered bilateral upper limbs fractures, bullet injuries in his head and lost his right eye during the bloody encounter that claimed lives of three Indian soldiers in Kashmir’Bandipora.
Cheeta, a Commanding Officer of the 45th battalion was admitted In Delhi’s AIIMS Hospital for almost two months and was discharged on April 5.