After being conferred the Kirti Chakra for countering and killing a Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist who barged into their house last year, Rukhsana (21) and her brother Aijaz (19) on Sunday received the Sarvotam Jeevan Raksha Padak awarded by the Centre.

Rukhsana and Aijaz were awarded the Sarvotam Jeevan Raksha Padak and the Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak respectively by Deputy Commissioner J.P. Singh and Deputy Inspector-General S.D.S Jawal at a function in Rajouri district.

The award was announced by the Ministry of Home Affairs for the brother-sister duo.

Rukhsana and Aijaz snatched an AK rifle from LeT commander Abu Usma and killed him with the weapon when he and another militant barged into their house on September 27, 2009. “I am happy to get the medals,” Ms. Rukhsana told journalists at the function.