This is a story of Subedar Mohammad Ilyas, a former soldier of the Indian Army who is still saving the lives of Army jawans and people even after retiring from the army. Subedar Mohammad Ilyas, who has retired from the Army’s JAKLI (Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry) unit, is still serving the country till the date.
Subedar Mohammed Ilyas is a former soldier of JAKLI, but now he continues his work even after retiring. It gives the message that a soldier is never on leave.
Subedar Mohammed Ilyas has been honored with 7 medals, including two Sena medals while working in Indian Army , which shows his courage and dedication towards his duty. Mohammad Ilyas is also known as ‘Avalanche Man’. Whenever there was an avalanche on the snowy peaks in Kashmir, Mohammed Ilyas was called for help there. Ilyas retired from the army but not from his duty.
On December 3, when a heavy avalanche hit the Indian Army’s eagle post in Tangdhar sector near the Line of Control in Kupwara district and four soldiers were trapped under it, Mohammed Ilyas rushed to provide his service to four trapped soldiers there. He helped the rescue team in saving trapped soldiers. He saved one soldier alive.
Mohammad Ilyas said, “I have special training in high altitude warfare. If someone gets the benefit of it, then I consider myself happy. If someone has any training, it should give benefit the other. No work is difficult. If you have courage then you should keep working. The person retires with the mind and not with the body. “
GOC Lt. Gen. KJS Dhillon of the Chinar Corps said, “His (Mohammed Ilyas) specialty is saving people in avalanches. He has served twice in the High Altitude Warfare School and has received two Sena Medals and five Chief of the Staff commendation Cards. Even recently when Jat regiment soldiers were trapped in Tangdhar due to the Avalanches, then Mohammad Ilyas despite retiring, saved the life of soldier by working hard and remaining there to help the soldiers. He is real hero of Indian Army.”