Corporal Shailabh Gaur Was Shot Six Times In The Pathankot Attacks
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On January 2, the country awoke to the horror that had struck the Pathankot Air Force base in Punjab. Answering to an alert that had sounded for a suspected terrorist attack, a batch of helicopters with thermal imagers were dispatched to survey the military base.
Within a few minutes after the take-off, the first images of the four suspects – moving slowly towards their mission – were captured. Soon thereafter, 12 Garud Commandos were called on duty where they were divided into ‘buddy’ teamsThey (the suspects) were moving slowly, to avoid any detection,” a senior IAF official told NDTV.
While three ‘buddy’ pairs stationed themselves outside the Mechanical Transport Wing to stop the terrorists from moving ahead, the other three readied themselves to face the threat head-on.
Gursevak Singh, the martyr of the Pathankot attacks, was the first to come in contact with the terrorists. After he was shot, Shailabh and Katal who made the second team, marched ahead to fight off enemy fire. Shailabh took six bullets in his lower abdomen but continued fighting.
In spite of bleeding profusely, he showed immense bravery in the face of death. He didn’t abandon his post, and along with his partner Katal, kept the fire-fight on for nearly an hour without replenishment or back-up.
The fight that lasted for 80 hours saw seven heroes fall as martyrs and 20 others gravely injured. The 24-year-old braveheart, Shailabh, was one of them.
He was evacuated soon thereafter and taken to the hospital just outside the base. He is currently in the ICU wing and recuperating.
Every time our soldiers put their lives on the line to save their motherland from falling into enemy fate, we are reminded of how lucky we are. We salute Shailabh and many others who sacrificed themselves to protect India’s honour. Their determination and courage will always be remembered, for they are our real heroes.