Police & paramilitary personnel bag more ‘Chakra’ gallantry awards than the military

The Kirti Chakra has been awarded to Head Constable Abdul Rashid Kalas of the J&K Police | Photo: Wikipedia

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New Delhi: In a rare instance of its kind, members of the police and central armed police forces (CAPFs) have won more ‘Chakra’ gallantry awards than the three arms of the military put together.

President Ram Nath Kovind, the supreme commander of the armed forces, Friday approved 84 awards and decorations, including one Kirti Chakra, nine Shaurya Chakras, five additions of a bar to Sena Medals (Gallantry), 60 Sena Medals (Gallantry), four Nau Sena Medals (Gallantry) and five Vayu Sena Medals (Gallantry).

No awards have yet been given out for the ongoing India-China stand-off in Ladakh, even though the Indo-Tibetan Border Police had recommended 21 personnel for staving off Chinese aggression along the Line of Actual Control.

Sources in the defence and security establishment said the crisis was still on, and that recommendations have been made. These recommendations, including those who fought in the Galwan Valley clash in June, are set to be considered for the next round of awards, ahead of Republic Day 2021.

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The awardees

The lone Kirti Chakra — the second highest peacetime gallantry decoration — has gone to head constable Abdul Rashid Kalas of the Jammu and Kashmir Police. Kalas was awarded for an anti-terror operation in Pinglan area of Pulwama on 18 February last year.

Five of the nine Shaurya Chakras, the next highest honour, have gone to personnel belonging to forces under the Ministry of Home Affairs, including four to the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). Sources in the CISF said the four personnel were honoured for fighting off two fire-related incidents.

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