New Delhi. 31 January 2019. Captain Abhinav Kumar Choudhary is serving with 21 Rashtriya Rifles (GUARDS) since 24 February 2018.

On 07 August 2018, based on specific technical intelligence regarding presence of infiltrating group in General Area Liddar Panzal at Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir, operational teams of 21 Rashtriya Rifles (GUARDS) and 9 Parachute Regiment were inducted for close cordon and surveillance of area during inclement weather.

At 0950 hours on 08 August 2018, on being alerted regarding move of five terrorists, he displayed tactical acumen and leadership and taking advantage of inclement weather and low visibility quickly readjusted both teams to prevent escape of terrorists. After visually confirming and positively identifying of the terrorists, the officer and his buddy opened heavy volume of fire on terrorists. In the ensuing firefight, the officer displayed nerve of steel and unmindful of his personal safety, closed in with the terrorists which were hiding behind a boulder and eliminated one unidentified foreign terrorist on his own.

The officer, thereafter, exercised effective command and control and ensured strict fire discipline which facilitated elimination of all five foreign Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists subsequently. For displaying exceptional courage, grit and valour, Captain Abhinav Kumar Choudhary is awarded “SHAURYA CHAKRA”.