Among the 1,380 service medals announced for Central and state police forces on the eve of the Independence Day, 20 have been given to personnel of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police for putting up a brave front in clashes with Chinese troops — during the standoff in eastern Ladakh that began in May last year.
The ITBP statement mentioned that its personnel effectively used shields to protect themselves, and responded fiercely to advancing Chinese PLA troops, bringing the situation under control amidst “fierce” face offs and skirmishes. “With highest order of professional skills, ITBP troops fought shoulder-to-shoulder and also brought the injured (Army) troops to the rear…even when the ITBP troops fought the whole night, they received minimum casualties by giving befitting reply to the stone pelters of the PLA.”
“Out of the 20, eight personnel of the ITBP have been awarded the PMG for their gallant act, meticulous planning and tactical insightfulness and for defending the motherland in Galwan Nalla on June 15. Six personnel have been awarded with the PMG for gallant action during violent face off on May 18 in the Finger IV area while the rest six have been decorated with the same medal for their gallant action near Hot Springs in Ladakh on the same day,” a senior official said.
The 1,380 medals include two President’s Police Medals for Gallantry (PPMGs), 628 Police Medals for Gallantry (PMGs), 88 President’s Police Medals for distinguished service and 662…