Ops in J&K fetch forces most gallantry medals

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 14

Operations in counter-terrorism grid of Jammu and Kashmir have fetched maximum gallantry medals for paramilitary and police forces, as the government announced 180 such decorations on the eve of the Independence Day this year.

A total of 946 medals have been announced by the Union Home Ministry for personnel and officers of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and state police forces, out of which three have been decorated with the President’s Police Medal for Gallantry (PPMG), while 177 have been awarded the Police Medal for Gallantry (PMG).

Of these, a total of 114 gallantry medals have been given to troops deployed in the counter-terrorism operations grid in J&K, while offensives in the Left Wing Extremism (LWE)-affected states fetched 62 such decorations followed by four for counter-insurgency operations in the north eastern states, the government said in a statement, which went on to add that nine personnel have been given these bravery medals posthumously.

The Central Reserve Police Force, like previous years, has bagged the maximum 72 gallantry medals, followed by 61 by the J&K Police, 23 by Odisha cops, nine by police personnel from Chhattisgarh, which is affected by the Naxal violence, and five each by the Border Security Force and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police force.

Among the awardees are 89 police personnel who have been given the President’s Police Medal for distinguished service, while 677 have been awarded the police medal for meritorious service.

A total of 56 personnel have been awarded fire service medals and 44 officials have been given the home guard and civil defence medal.

For those working in prisons across the country, the government awarded 40 personnel for their commendable work with the correctional service medals.

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