As many as 107 gallantry awards for the Armed Forces and Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) were approved by President Draupadi Murmu on Independence Day, including three Kirti Chakras and 13 Shaurya Chakras, according to a ministry statement. of the defense.
Two Bar to Sena medals, 81 Sena medals, one Nao Sena medal and seven Vayu Sena medals were also announced on Sunday.
The President approved 40 honorable mentions to the Army, one to the Air Force, and another to the Army Dog, Axel (posthumously), for their significant contributions to different military operations, including Operation Snow Leopard and Operation Trikut. The 2020 Galwan clashes in Ladakh in which 20 soldiers were killed in violent clashes with the People’s Liberation Army of China was codenamed Operation Snow Leopard.
Army’s Naik Devendra Pratap Singh was awarded Kirti Chakra for displaying indomitable courage and dedication beyond the call of duty resulting in the elimination of two hardcore terrorists in Pulwama at Jammu and Kashmir. Eight members of the army, two posthumously and one from the navy, received Shaurya Chakra. Of the eight members of the army, two belong to the para special forces while others were with the Rashtriya rifles in the Kashmir valley. All the awards were given for counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir, an official said.
Border Security Force Constable Sudip Sarkar and Sub-Inspector Paotinsat Guite were awarded Kirti Chakra posthumously. Kirti Chakra is awarded for acts of bravery off the battlefield.
Sarkar was patrolling the Line of Control (LoC) at Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir on November 7-8, 2020, when he spotted terrorists trying to infiltrate. He engaged the terrorists in hand-to-hand combat, killing one of them, but succumbed to his wounds. Guite engaged with a terrorist group on December 1, 2020 near the LoC and despite being shot, killed one of the terrorists. He succumbed to his injuries.
Amit Kumar, Deputy Commander, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF); Somay Vinayak Munde, Additional Superintendent of Police, Maharashtra; Ravindra Kashinath Naitam, Naik Police, Maharashtra; and Tikaram Sampatrao Katenge from Maharashtra Police received Shaurya Chakras.
The President also approved a President’s Tatrakshak Medal (PTM) and three Tatrakshak Medals (TM) to Coast Guard personnel for conspicuous gallantry, exceptional devotion to duty, and distinguished/meritorious service.