At 0330 hours on 27 November 2018, a Cordon and search operation was launched in a village of Jammu & Kashmir.
Sapper Prakash Jadhav was leading the search party. Suddenly, terrorists opened indiscriminate fire on the search parties. Sensing danger to his buddy, he pushed him aside, exposed himself, under heavy firing by the terrorists, effectively retaliated back and eliminated one terrorist on the spot. Meanwhile, a second terrorist opened fire and threw a petrol bomb. He alerted his team to leave the house.
In this process, he sustained bullet injuries, however, undeterred from his grave injuries, he fearlessly brought down accurate fire and injured the terrorist. Due to the petrol bomb fire spread all over the house and Sapper Prakash Jadhav could not extricate himself and succumbed to his gunshot wounds and burn injuries.
Sapper Prakash Jadhav was also recommended for the Gallantry award for an operation conducted on 25 October 2018 in which he neutralized a hardcore terrorist.
Sapper Prakash Jadhav made supreme sacrifice of his life in the true traditions of the Indian Army. For this act of courage beyond the call of duty and conspicuous gallantry Sapper, Prakash Jadhav is recommended for the award of “KIRTI CHAKRA (POSTHUMOUS)”.
Sapper Prakash Jadhav (29), a CRPF jawan from Budihal village in Chikkodi taluk Belagavi district