NEW DELHI, Jan 23 (PTI): In a first-of-its-kind, an Army doctor was today conferred the highest peacetime gallantry award -- Ashok Chakra -- posthumously for fighting militants barehanded during an attack on Indians in Kabul last year.
Major Laishram Jyotin Singh is the first officer from Army Medical Corps (AMC) to receive the award. His brother collected the award from President Pratibha Patil at the Republic Day parade here.
A resident of Manipur, Singh was posted at Indian Embassy in Kabul. He had joined his duty only three days before the attack on February 16 last year when a couple of terrorists stormed into Indian residential complex firing indiscriminately and lobbing grenades.
One of the terrorists had already blew himself up at the main entrance, killing three guards and making way for others to enter the complex.