144 military, paramilitary personnel awarded gallantry awards

More than 140 personnel of the armed forces and the paramilitary forces were awarded gallantry awards by President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday, on the eve of Independence Day.

The total 144 gallantry awards include one Ashok Chakra, the country’ highest peacetime military awards, awarded posthumously to J&K Police ASI Babu Ram.

J&K Police Constable, Altaf Hussain Bhat, was awarded the Kirti Chakra, also posthumously.

The Defence Ministry mentioned in a statement that 15 Shaurya Chakras, four Bar to Sena Medals (Gallantry), 116 Sena Medals (Gallantry), five Nao Sena Medals (Gallantry), and two Vayu Sena Medals (Gallantry) were awarded.

“The President has also approved 28 Mention-in-Despatches to the Army personnel for their significant contributions in different military operations, which include three posthumous for ‘Operation Rakshak’ and ‘Operation Snow Leopard’,” the ministry stated.

Of 15 Shaurya Chakras, six have gone to the Army, including one posthumous; three to CRPF; two to Odisha Police, both posthumously; two to the Air Force; and one each to the Navy and J&K Police (posthumous).

All of the Army’s Shaurya Chakras were awarded for operations of intercepting, or killing militants in J&K. For the Air Force, Shaurya Chakras were given to pilots who displayed exceptional expertise, and skill to manoeuvre their aircraft after they had developed some issues, and regaining control of the aircraft, and preventing major disasters.

One of the Vayu Sena…

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