The Indian Air Force on Saturday gave a 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. According to top IAF sources, the case for the inclusion of Ravi Khanna's name on the National War Memorial has been cleared.
"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 have said that his Ravi Khanna should be honoured with the inclusion of his name on the National War Memorial. The names of personnel killed 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 killed in.
Yasin Malik, the head of the banned faction Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKL) 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 be produced in a special court through a video conference. Nirmal Khanna, wife of Ravi Khanna has been fighting for justice for since many years now. Even Nirmal Khanna has requested her husband's name to be included on the National War Memorial.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed a supplementary charge sheet in the 2017 terror funding case in the Patiala House on Friday, October 4. The charge sheet was filed against Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chief Yasin Malik, along with Rashid Engineer, Asiya Andrabi, Shabir Shah, and Masarat Alam Bhat. The entire proceedings took place in the camera. Yasin Malik was questioned by NIA for weeks together after he was brought to New Delhi earlier in April.
(With Agency Inputs)