Neerja Bhanot

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Neerja Bhanot was born in Chandigarh, India, and brought up in Bombay (present-day Mumbai) in a Punjabi family.

She was an Indian head purser who died while saving passengers on Pan Am Flight 73 which had been hijacked by terrorists during a stopover in Karachi, Pakistan, on 5 September 1986.

Posthumously, she became the youngest recipient of India’s highest peacetime gallantry, the Ashok Chakra Award, as well as several other accolades from the government of Pakistan and the United States. She was shot while helping passengers escape through the emergency exits.

Her life and heroism inspired the biopic Neerja, which was released in 2016 and was directed by Ram Madhvani starring Sonam Kapoor.

On her death anniversary, with a heavy heart we salute her for her bravery.