A CRPF ASI who chased and fired at the bomb-laden car that killed 40 soldiers in the February 2019 Pulwama attack, an ITBP IG negotiating with Chinese PLA in Ladakh, and two CBI officers who supervised probe into the Hathras gangrape-and-murder case and the Jammu and Kashmir Roshni Act cases are among the 9,000 gallantry and service medal winners this Republic Day.
Only two President’s Police Medal for Gallantry (PPMG) have been conferred this year with one going to Jharkhand police ASI Banua Oraon in an anti-Maoist operation in 2018 and the other going to CRPF’s ASI Mohan Lal for his attempt to prevent the 2019 Pulwama attack. Both died while performing their duties.
According to CRPF, On February 14, 2019, when the attack took place, ASI Mohan Lal was the picket commander of the road opening party at Lethpora in Pulwama on the Jammu–Srinagar National Highway. At about 3.10 pm Lal noticed a civil car, running alongside the CRPF convoy passing through the area and trying to enter between the convoy vehicles.
“Lal sensed something suspicious and rushed to stop the suspicious vehicle. Lal signalled and chased the car to stop, but could not match the car’s speed. Ultimately, finding no other option, he fired towards the suspicious car to stop, but the car rammed into a nearby running CRPF bus, and a huge blast took place,” Lal’s citation read. The blast killed 40 CRPF soldiers, including Lal.