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Bravery knows no age

In the early hours of Feb 10, 2018, #Sunjwan Military Station in Jammu came under a terrorist attack. Three-heavily armed militants entered the station premises and went on a shooting spree house to house.

13-year SOUMYADIP JANA, son of Havildar Haripada Jana, on hearing the commotion near the main door, pushed his mother and sister into a room and locked the door from inside. After breaking open the main door, the terrorists tried to enter the locked room. By then, Soumyadip had barricaded it with steel trunks and stood against them. The militants threw a grenade to break the barricade before beginning to open fire at the door.

Soumyadip sustained multiple splinter injuries in that attack but the sound of the bursting grenade and the gunshots coming from the house alerted the security forces who managed to capture the attackers.

Since then, Soumyadip has undergone multiple operations. He is still paralysed on his left side and lost his eyesight and hearing. He is currently undergoing physiotherapy at the Research and Referral Hospital in Delhi.

Master Soumyadip Jana was honoured with the #PradhanMantriRashtriyaBalPuraskar by Hon’ble President Shri Ram Nath Kovind, for his act of bravery, this Republic Day 2020.


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