Major Mohit Sharma of 1 Para (Special Forces), Major D Sreeram Kumar of 30 Assam Rifles and Havildar Rajesh Kumar of 11 Rajputana Rifles will be honoured with Ashok Chakra, the country’s highest peace time gallantry medal, on Republic Day on Tuesday.

President Pratibha Patil will present the medals to the two officers and the jawan during the parade in which South Korean President Lee Myung-bak will be the chief guest.

Maj Mohit Sharma and Hav Rajesh Kumar will receive the medals posthumously.

Apart from the three Ashok Chakras, Ms. Patil will present Kirti Chakra, the second highest peace time gallantry medal, to Ruksana, who shot into limelight after killing a Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist on September 27 last at Kalsian area of Shahdra Shrief in Jammu and Kashmir, Defence Ministry officials said on Monday.

Maj Mohit Sharma, born in Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh and commissioned in 90 Medium Regiment (Artillery) in March 2004, will get the award posthumously as he was killed in a battle with terrorists in the Hafruda forest in Jammu and Kashmir in March last.

Maj D. Sreeram Kumar, serving with 30 Assam Rifles since March 2007, had eliminated 12 terrorists in counter insurgency operations in the northeast.

The two officers were named for Ashok Chakra on the eve of Independence Day on August 15 last.

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