J&K Tops Gallantry List For Police Medals; DIG South Kashmir Among Awardees

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Police and CRPF have once again bagged the maximum number of police medals for gallantry, announced by the Ministry of Home Affairs on Friday. Of the 215 medals announced, 57 per cent were given for operations in Kashmir. Eight-one policemen from Jammu and Kashmir have been awarded the medals while 55 are from CRPF.

Three IPS officers from Jammu and Kashmir Police – including Sandeep (SSP Anantnag), Gurinderpal Singh (SP Kulgam) and Atul Kumar Goel (DIG South Kashmir) – have been awarded the PMG.

CRPF Assistant Commandant Naresh Kumar also won the bravery medal for the seventh time for undertaking counter-militancy operations in the Kashmir valley.

Notably, it was DIG Atul Kumar Goel who detained and arrested tainted Kashmir police DSP Davinder Singh at a check post while he was ferrying two Hizb-ul-Mujahideen militants in a vehicle on the Srinagar-Jammu Highway in January this year.

The MHA citation for the team read, “the constraints of operating in a close confined space and live transmission on TV made the operation particularly challenging. But due to superior planning and extraordinary gallantry, it could be conducted in a controlled manner with no injuries to police personnel and citizens.”

ITBP personnel involved in the recent violence with Chinese PLA in eastern Ladakh in May-June 2020 have also been recommended for gallantry awards. Twenty-one ITBP men have been recommended for standing shoulder to shoulder with the Indian army when PLA struck, resulting in the death of Colonel Santosh Babu happened. 18 ITBP and 40 other CAPFs personnel also recommended for Union Home Minister Special Operation Medals for fighting Covid19.

Meanwhile, Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, has congratulated the police personnel of Jammu and Kashmir Police (JKP) for being awarded 94 medals in different categories including gallantry, distinguished and meritorious services on the occasion of Independence Day.

In a felicitation message, Advisor Bhatnagar said that J&K Police is one of the best forces in the country which is rendering selfless service to people of the Union territory and the nation as well. He added that J&K Police has won maximum medals among all forces on this year’s Independence Day which itself reflects the courage and dedication of the force.

Advisor congratulated all the awardees and their families on achieving this feat.

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