President gives gallantry medals to surgical strike heroes


Two of the Army daredevils who were part of the audacious cross-border “surgical strikes” against terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir last year were among the military personnel awarded with gallantry medals at a defence investiture ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Monday.
Major Rohit Suri (4 Para), who killed four terrorists in close-quarter combat during the surgical strikes on September 29, received the Kirti Chakra, the nation’s second highest gallantry award during peacetime, from President Pranab Mukherjee at the ceremony.
Naib Subedar Vijay Kumar, in turn, received the Shaurya Chakra.
Apart from these two, 17 other commandos from 4 and 9 Para Special Forces had figured in this year’s Republic Day gallantry awards list for the surgical strikes that sent an unequivocal message to Pakistan to desist from actively aiding and abetting cross-border terrorism against India.
Of them, four were awarded Shaurya Chakras, while 13 got Sena Medals. The commanding officers of the 4 and 9 Para battalions, Col Harpreet Sandhu and Col Kapil Yadav, in turn, were awarded Yudh Seva Medals. The others will receive their medals in subsequent investiture ceremonies. Read More

Article Credit: The Times of India

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