Lion’s share of gallantry medals to forces involved in Kashmir operations

Srinagar

The Jammu and Kashmir police and the CRPF have got the lion’s share of 65 out of 107 gallantry medals, announced on Thursday ahead of Republic Day.

The spokesman as many as 38 J-K Police personnel have been named as awardees of the Police Medal for Gallantry (PMG), followed by 35 personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force, out of which 27 have been given the honour for operations in the Kashmir Valley.

A total of 795 Police personnel have been awarded Medals on the occasion of the Republic Day this year.  Police Medals for Gallantry (PMG) have been awarded to 107 personnel, President’s Police Medals for Distinguished Service to 75 personnel and Police Medal for Meritorious Service to 613 personnel.

Among the 107 Gallantry Awards, 66 are from J&K theatre, 35 from the areas affected by Left Wing Extremism and three from the North-East Region. Among the personnel receiving Gallantry Awards, 38 are from J&K Police, 35 from CRPF and 10 from Chhattisgarh. This year five Officers from the Indian Police Service will receive the Police Medal for Gallantry.

Tighter norms have been used to select awardees for the President’s Police Medals for Distinguished Service and Police Medal for Meritorious Service this year.

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