A day after Indian Air Force announced that martyred IAF squadron Leader Ravi Khanna's name will be there on the National War memorial, his wife Nirmal Khanna thanked the IAF. Speaking to news agency ANI, she said that this is the greatest that a soldier can want. She also thanked 130 crore Indians. She said that after this honour for her husband she feels accepted as the daughter of the country. Khanna, however, added that she had to fight fo4r War Widows pension but this honour has made her feel accepted.
Nirmal Khanna, wife of Squadron Leader Ravi Khanna on IAF approval to include his name on National War Memorial: What else can a soldier long for? When a soldier wears uniform, he knows it's a coffin. I am thankful to Indian Air Force & 130 crore Indians. pic.twitter.com/RgWcPmDUcu— ANI (@ANI) October 6, 2019
Nirmal Khanna, wife of Squadron Leader Ravi Khanna: Now, I feel accepted as daughter of India. I had to fight for War Widows Pension for long. But as good citizens we should first know our duties & then take our rights.— ANI (@ANI) October 6, 2019
The Indian Air Force on Saturday gave nod to include the martyred IAF squadron Leader Ravi Khanna's name on the National War memorial. Ravi Khanna was gunned down in 1990 by terrorist-turned-separatist Yasin Malik. "The Air Headquarters cleared the case for the inclusion of late Squadron Leader Ravi Khanna's name in the National War Memorial's list of Air Force personnel who have laid down their lives for the country," said top IAF sources. The decision was taken in September by the Indian Air Force authorities who said that his Ravi Khanna should be honoured with the inclusion of his name on the National War Memorial. The names of personnel martyred in action are provided by the respective military arms of the country to the National War Memorial. The approved names are further embedded on the walls along with details of the action they were martyred in.
Yasin Malik, the head of the banned faction of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) is the prime accused in the killing of four Indian Air Force personnel, including Ravi Khanna. On January 25, 1990, four IAF employees were killed by the terrorists of JKLF. Malik was charge-sheeted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) before the TADA court in Jammu on August 31, 1990, in connection with the case. Malik has been arrested in a terror funding case by the National Investigative Agency (NIA) and currently lodged in Tihar Jail. He is scheduled to be produced in a special court through a video conference.