- ASI Babu Ram awarded Ashok Chakra posthumously
- 2nd highest gallantry award Kirti Chakra to Altaf Hussain
- Shaurya Chakra to martyr SPO Shahbaz Ahmed of JK Police
Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) of Jammu and Kashmir Police Babu Ram and Constable Altaf Hussain Bhat were posthumously awarded the Ashok Chakra and Kirti Chakra on Saturday on the eve of 75th Independence Day. The Ashok Chakra is the highest peacetime gallantry award in the country, while the Kirti Chakra ranks second in the order of peacetime gallantry awards.
President Ram Nath Kovind gave approval for a total of 144 gallantry awards for armed forces, police and paramilitary personnel. These include 15 Shaurya Chakras, four ‘bars’ for Sena Medal (Gallantry) and 116 Sena Medal (Gallantry) and one Ashok Chakra and one Kirti Chakra. Babu Ram was an assistant sub-inspector while Hussain Bhat served as a constable in the Jammu and Kashmir Police.
Joined J&K Police 22 years ago
Officials said that Babu Ram was born on May 15, 1972 in village Dharna in the border Mendhar area of Poonch district in Jammu region and wanted to join the armed forces since childhood. He told that after completing his schooling, he was appointed constable in Jammu and Kashmir Police in 1999.
28 terrorists killed in 14 encounters
He was then posted to the Special Operations Group (SOG) in Srinagar on July 27, 2002, and was part of several counter-terrorist operations in which several terrorists were killed, officials said. He said that this brave policeman was part of 14 encounters during his service in the Anti-Terrorist Group, in which 28 terrorists were killed.
Suddenly the terrorists attacked
At the same time, Constable Bhat was a resident of Rathpura area of Safkadal in Srinagar. He was posted in Ganderbal, where he was serving as the Personal Security Officer (PSO) of a security person. On October 6 last year, the said person was attacked by terrorists.
Terrorist put to death, martyr himself
“Bhat retaliated and killed the terrorist and saved the life of the security guard, but he himself got injured after being hit by multiple bullets and later died,” an official said. In this way he was martyred while discharging his duty. ”
Four were given posthumously in 15 Shaurya Chakra
Shaurya Chakra has been awarded to six personnel of the Indian Army, two officers of the Air Force and one officer of the Navy and six police and paramilitary personnel. In the 15 Shaurya Chakra, four have been given posthumously.
He got Shaurya Chakra in the Army
Major Arun Kumar Pandey, Major Ravi Kumar Choudhary, Captain Ashutosh Kumar (posthumously), Captain Vikas Khatri, Rifleman Mukesh Kumar and Sepoy Neeraj Ahlawat are among the recipients of the Shaurya Chakra from the Army. At the same time, Navy Captain Sachin Ruben Sequeira, while Air Force officers Group Captain Parminder Antil and Wing Commander Varun Singh are among those awarded the Shaurya Chakra.
5 Navy and 2 Air Force medals in the list of 144 gallantry medals
Chitesh Kumar, Manjinder Singh and Sunil Choudhary of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been awarded the Shaurya Chakra. Besides these, commandos Debashish Sethi (posthumous) and Sudhir Kumar Tudu (posthumous) of Odisha Police and Shahbaz Ahmed of Jammu and Kashmir Police have also been conferred with this prestigious honour. The list of 144 gallantry medals also includes five Naval Medals (Gallantry) and two Vayu Sena Medals (Gallantry).
6 army personnel honored with Shaurya Chakra
The President has also approved 28 Army personnel for ‘Mention in Dispatch’, including three (posthumous) awards for ‘Operation Rakshak’ and ‘Operation Snow Leopard’, the statement said. Six Army personnel have been awarded the Shaurya Chakra for their bravery in counter-insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir last year.