Nagrota attack: ‘I heard an explosion… thought I would die’, says chowkidar Faqir Chand

Chand, a resident of nearby Kaur Jagiran village in Nagrota Assembly constituency, was posted as a chowkidar at the GREF building adjoining the 166 Artillery Regiment unit.

By: Express News Service | Jammu | Updated: December 1, 2016 5:26 pm
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Faqir Chand, 42, one of the survivors of Tuesday’s terror attack on an Army unit in Nagrota, thought he would die — until he saw Army personnel fighting the terrorists. Chand, a resident of nearby Kaur Jagiran village in Nagrota Assembly constituency, was posted as a chowkidar at the GREF building adjoining the 166 Artillery Regiment unit.

“I heard an explosion and first thought that a truck tyre may have burst. But when gunfire followed, I realised that it was a terror attack,” he said .

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“The Army personnel came and asked me my identity… when I showed my identity card, they asked me not to come out,” he said.

“As stones started falling on me due to the impact of the explosions, I thought I would die. However, when I saw soldiers fighting the terrorists, I became hopeful of survival,” he added.

Chand remained hidden inside the GREF building on Tuesday night. On Wednesday morning, he rang up some people outside and asked for help. Some Army personnel then rescued him, after he remained inside for nearly 30 hours.