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Gallantry awards

A girl with the Tricolour painted on her face on the eve of Independence Day in Patiala. — PTI

A girl with the Tricolour painted on her face on the eve of Independence Day in Patiala. — PTI  

NEW DELHI, AUG. 14. The President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, has approved 243 gallantry awards to defence personnel on the occasion of Independence Day.

The awards include three Kirti Chakras, 33 Shaurya Chakras, three bars to Sena Medal (Gallantry), 200 Sena Medals for Gallantry and four Vayu Sena Medals (Gallantry).

The Kirti Chakras, awarded for acts of conspicuous gallantry in peacetime, include posthumously to Lt. Kanavdeep Singh (10 Sikh) and Lt. Dheerendra Singh Atri (3 Rajput). The third has been won by Border Security Force (BSF) jawan Narindra Nath Dhar Dubey.

Out of the 33 Shaurya Chakras, 22 have been earned posthumously. The gallantry award has been won by two civilians, one of whom is a woman — Udita Karmakar of Jalpaiguri (West Bengal) — and five policemen, two from the BSF and three from the Jammu and Kashmir Police (all five posthumous) and an employee of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) apart from 25 Army personnel.

Out of the 200 Sena Medals (Gallantry) awarded, 45 have been won posthumously.

President's Police Medal

Twenty-one personnel of J&K police, the BSF, the CRPF and the ITBP will be awarded the President's Police Medal for Gallantry and 90 personnel will be given the Police Medal, 18 of them posthumously.

Among the awardees are four personnel of the Jammu and Kashmir police, three of them posthumously, according to an official release here. Eight BSF men, seven CRPF personnel and two ITBP jawans, three of them posthumously, will be also awarded the President's Medal.

The Police Medal for Gallantry will be awarded to 90 personnel from 15 States and Central police organisations, 12 of them posthumously.

Among the awardees of the Police Medal are 24 BSF personnel, 12 CRPF men, 11 of J&K police, six from the Delhi police, five from Andhra Pradesh and four ITBP personnel.

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