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Havildar Jagdish Chand hailed from Chamba district in Himachal Pradesh. Havildar Jagdish Chand joined the Defence Service Corps after retiring from the army.   

Service Number 3986807 H 
Place of Birth Chamba, Himachal 
Rank Havildar 
Unit 546 DSC Platoon 
Regiment Defence Services Corps 
Award Kirti Chakra 
Date of Martyrdom 3rd January 2016 

On 1st January 2016, the Pathankot Air Force Station of the Indian Air Force was attacked by a heavily armed group. Havildar Jagdish Chand was serving with 546 Defence Service Platoon attached with 18 Wing Air Force Base at Pathankot. On the night of 2nd January 2016, five to six heavily armed terrorists entered the lines and opened indiscriminate fire on the troops. Havildar Jagdish Chand in utter disregard for his safety ran after the closest terrorist, chased and overpowered him. He snatched the terrorist’s weapon and shot him dead. However, during this process, two more terrorists in the vicinity opened fire at Havildar Jagdish Chand wounding him seriously. He succumbed to his injuries and was martyred.  

Havildar Jagdish Chand was given the nation’s second-highest peacetime gallantry award, “Kirti Chakra” posthumously. 

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