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Major Vibhuti Dhoundiyal Awarded Shaurya Chakra (Posthumously) – Received by Lieutenant Nitika Kaul

Martyr Major Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal was posthumously awarded with Shaurya Chakra by the President of India. On 22nd November 2021, Present Ram Nath Kovind presented Gallantry Awards 2021 to the personnel for displaying conspicuous gallantry, indomitable courage and extreme devotion to duty.

Lieutenant Nitika Kaul, wife of martyr Major Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal, who sacrificed his life during an anti-terror operation in Jammu and Kashmir in February 2019, received the Shaurya Chakra (posthumous), at an investiture ceremony held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

In the ceremony, Lieutenant Kaul, dressed in her Army uniform and accompanied by her mother-in-law, accepted the bravery award accorded to Major V.S. Dhoundiyal.

About Major Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal (Martyr)

Major VS Dhoundiyal was martyred during an operation on February 18, 2019. This incident happened four days after a suicide attack on a convoy of the CRPF in J&K’s Pulwama. He was seriously injured during an exchange of fire with terrorists, and eventually succumbed to his injuries, but not before neutralising a foreign terrorist. Total five terrorists were killed in the operation and 200 kg explosives recovered.

About Lieutenant Nitika Kaul

In February 2020, almost a year after her husband Major Dhoundiyal made the supreme sacrifice for the motherland, Nitika Kaul left her day job to join the Officers Training Academy (OTA) Chennai.

In May 2021, she passed out from the OTA as Lieutenant Nitika Kaul, with Lieutenant General YK Joshi, who heads the force’s Northern Command, pipping stars to her shoulders. A native of J&K, she married Major Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal in April 2018.

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