An AK-56 bullet trapped in his ribs, this cop soldiers on

Jammu: While generally, it is the army and the central paramilitary forces that are credited with battling militancy in the Kashmir valley, the J&K police are doing their own bit in fighting the scourge

A case in point is Yougal Manhas, senior superintendent of police (SSP) of the Rajouri district of J&K. A bullet is lodged in his body for the last eleven years.

In his policing career, Manhas has led more than 30 operations against terrorists and has killed 100 outlaws in encounters. The bullet lodged inside his body is the remnant of one of these encounters. According to doctors, any attempt to remove the bullet may entail a risk to his life. Whenever he feels pain due to the bullet, he takes a pill and is back on duty.

He has been awarded President’s Medal for bravery and was a part of the Special Operations Group (SOG), an anti-terrorist and anti-insurgency formation of the police.

On March 23, 2007, when was posted as DSP in Poonch’s Mendha, he was ambushed outside his office. He was shot five times with an AK-56 rifle on his chest, legs and arm. He was taken to Jammu Medical College by a helicopter. The doctors removed four bullets but one of the bullets was stuck between his ribs. On referring him to AIIMS, doctors there said that removing the bullet would be risky. Since then, Manhas has been living with the bullet in his body.

Deployed in the terror affected areas since the beginning

Manhas entered the police force as a DSP. From the very beginning, he was stationed in terror-affected areas. He is originally from J&K’s Doda district. He has liquidated several terrorists in Poonch and has destroying many terror networks. He had become an eyesore for the militants and that was why an attempt on his life was made.