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JCO took bullets to save family

JCO took bullets to save family
JCO Madan Lal Choudhary

Sumit Hakhoo & Sanjay Pathak

Tribune News Service

Bakrak village (Kathua), February 11The bravado of 50-year-old Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) Madan Lal Choudhary helped save several lives during Saturday’s terror attack.The JCO’s family was in Jammu to shop for nephew Sandeep’s marriage. Chaman Choudhary, a relative, said Madan Lal was at his quarters with wife Charnjeet Kour, daughter Neha, sister-in-law Paramjeet Kour and nephew Sandeep when terrorists tried to enter the complex.(Follow The Tribune on Facebook; and Twitter @thetribunechd)“I was sleeping in the lobby when a gunshot woke me up around 5 am. As I tried to move towards the door, my uncle dragged me inside a room and asked the family members to flee from the rear door,” said Sandeep. “As we tried to escape, Neha was shot in the leg, but managed to come out. My uncle was shot in the stomach and chest as he tried to block their entry,” said Sandeep.Madan Lal’s elder brother Shamsher Choudhary said: “Three generations of our family have served in the Army. His martyrdom has left us devastated. The JCO was to retire in December.”Inder Choudhary, his octogenarian father, had served in J&K Militia — raised in 1947 to resist the Pakistani invaders. Later christened Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry in 1972, Madan Lal joined the force in 1988. The martyr’s son is a commissioned officer.“My son fought terrorists with bare hands to save the family and others. He is our hero but my heart is full of sorrow,” said Inder Choudhary, as he awaited his son’s mortal remains to arrive at native Bakrak village. The martyr is survived by his parents, wife, two children, five brothers and five sisters. His daughter is undergoing treatment in Jammu.