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Ashok Chakra for Triveni Singh

By Our Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI, JAN. 25 . Triveni Singh, the young officer who lost his life while gunning down two terrorists who had entered the Jammu railway station to commit a massacre, will be conferred the Ashok Chakra, the nation's highest peacetime award, by the President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, on Republic Day.

While the father of Lt. Singh will receive the award, sister of last year's Ashok Chakra winner, Commando Sanjog Chhetri, will collect the medal on behalf of her late brother.

The nation's second highest peacetime award, the Kirti Chakra, will be conferred on Ajay Kothiyal of the Garhwal Rifles and on C. Stanly (posthumous) of the Border Security Force. Kanwar Jaideep Singh is to be posthumously awarded `bar' to Shaurya Chakra. There are 30 Chaurya Chakra recipients of whom nearly half laid down their lives. While most Army personnel are to be honoured for their role in counter-insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir and the northeast, five of the awardees are operators of excavating machinery buried under landslides, while carving out new roads on the mountains. A constable from the Jammu and Kashmir Police, Raj Kumar, is also to be honoured.

Of the 500 service personnel and others to be decorated by the President is Hardev Singh Lidder, the overall commander of `Operation Sarpvinash,' the controversial counter-insurgency drive by the Army to eject terrorists entrenched in the higher reaches of Surankote in Jammu. The Uttam Yudh Seva Medal to Major Gen. Lidder is an acknowledgement of his role in combating militancy in forbidding terrain where he heads the `Romeo' Force of the Rashtriya Rifles (RR). His colleague, J. K. Mohanty, who leads the RR's `Kilo' Force on the other side of the Pir Panjal will also be similarly decorated. The other three recipients chosen for UYSM, include Deepak Summanwar, especially drafted by the Army headquarters here to improve its interface with the media, and Satyevir Yadav, who led the Siachen Division in Operation Parakaram.

In the Navy, the Param Vishisht Seva Medal will be awarded to the Deputy Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral S. V. Gopalachari, who piloted the negotiations on acquiring the Russian aircraft-carrier, Admiral Gorshkov, Leslie Alexander Lowe and S. S. Bangara.

PTI, UNI report:

Twenty-eight other senior officers are being decorated with Param Vishist Seva Medal for distinguished service of the highest order. The recipients include the Deputy Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. J.B.S. Yadava, and Air Marshal Raghu Rajan, and former Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Narayan Menon.

Other PVSM recipients include Lt. Gen. Richard Khare, Director-General Military Intelligence, Lt. Gen. B.K. Bopanna, DG NCC, Lt. Gen Nirbhay Sharma, GOC, commanding the key Srinagar-based 15 Corps.

Brigadier Shruti Kant, the man who was the face of the Indian Army for the media for almost six years till his recent retirement, will get the Ati Vishistha Seva Medal.

The other awards:

CBI

Sixteen officers of the Central Bureau of Investigation are to be honoured with the President's Police Medal for Distinguished Service and for Meritorious Service.

Jt. Director (North) N. R. Wasan, S. P. Harbhaja Ram (New Delhi) and DSP, EOW, Chennai, Y. Chelladurai, are to be given the medal for Distinguished Service.

For Meritorious Service: Pankaj Kumar Singh, DIG, CBI, ACB, New Delhi, Praveen Sinha, DIG, CBI, Patna, Prabodh Kumar, DIG, CBI, EO-II, New Delhi, V. K. C. Reddy, DSP, CBI, Visakhapatnam, B. L. Tiwari, Inspector, CBI, Head Office, New Delhi, S. P. Kundan, Inspector, System Division, CBI, New Delhi, S. C. Bhalla, Inspector CBI, ACB, New Delhi, Balak Ram, Sub-Inspector, CBI, SCB, New Delhi, RamKishan, Sub Inspector, CBI, SCB, New Delhi, Rajender Singh, Head Constable, CBI, Jabalpur, Keshar Singh, Head Constable, CBI Head Office, New Delhi, Bhanupartap Singh, Constable CBI, ACB, Lucknow, S. Srinivasan, Constable, CBI, ACB, Chennai.

BSF

The President will honour 70 Border Security Force (BSF) personnel on the occasion of the Republic Day.

Nine BSF men are to given the President's Police Medal for Gallantry, 20 will get the Police Medal for Gallantry, while four others will be honoured with the President's Police Medal for Distinguished Service and 37 for Meritorious Service.

ITBP

Nine officers and personnel of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) are to be awarded the President's Police Medal for Distinguished Service and the Police Medal for Meritorious Service: V.K. Upreti, DIG, and D. S. Agarkar, CMO (SG), will be awarded the President's Police Medal for Distinguished Service.

D.R. Sharma, Commandant, Isshan Pradeep, Commandant (Engineer), B.B. Dass CMO (SG), N. D. Devrani, Assistant Commandant, Shakti Prasad, Inspector, Brahmanand Nautiyal (Sub-inspector) and Jagdish Singh (Head Constable) will be awarded with the Police Medal for Meritorious Service.

CRPF

Fifty-five officers and jawans of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) are to be awarded the President's Police Medal for Gallantry, Police Medal for Gallantry, President's Police Medal for Distinguished Service and Police Medal for Meritorious Service.

President's Police Medal for Gallantry: Talib Hussain, Head Constable (posthumously) and Sohan Khule, Constable.

Police Medal for Gallantry: M.M. Sharma, DIG, Pooran Singh, Addl DIG, Head Constable Pratap Singh, Constable Surjit Kumar, CT P. C. Sahoo, CT G. Krishna Rao, CT R. K. Gantayat, CT Bishamber Singh and CT Dharambir Singh.

President's Police Medal for Distinguished Service: A. K. Mathur, IGP Western Sector, J. F. D'Souza, DIGP, Bangalore, S. S. Gill, Addl DIG, GC Jalandhar, P. Valsakumar, Commandant of 1st Signal Bn. and Head Constable Ram Lal Dogra of 52 Bn, CRPF.

Police Medal for Meritorious Service: Surender Paul, ADIG, GC Pallipuram; Vinod Seth, ADIG, GC, Gurgaon; Shiekh Salimuddin, Commandant, 117 Bn.; Dr (Mrs.) Hemalata Mohapatra, CMO, Base Hospital-2, Hyderabad; Pratap Singh, Second-in-Command, GC, Neemuch; G.P.Sharma, 2nd-in-Command, 138 Bn.; C. S. Rawat, 21/C, GC, Rampur; K. P. Unnikrishnan, Dy Comdt, GC Pallipuram; Hari Singh, D/C 5 Signal Bn.; Shafat Mohd, D/C, GC Bhopal; G. D. Gund, Asst. Comdt, GC Pune; R. Damodaran, A/C, 18 Bn.; G. Chatterjee, A/C,69 Bn.; U.D. Pandey, SO, Dte; Inspector Krishna Gurung, 149 Bn.; Insp H.S. Rathore, GC Ajmer; Insp/RO V.S. Singh, 3rd Signal Bn.; Sub Insp N. Gopalakrishnan of Dte; SI Puran Chand, CWS Rampur; SI Ishwar Das, 43 Bn.; SI Lakhbir Singh, 132 Bn.; SI Mahamuni Rai, 81 Bn.; SI Indraj Singh, 150 Bn.; Si Ishwar Das, GC Gurgaon; Si (Band) Lekh Raj, GC Nagpur; Si Bidyadhar Biswal,Dte; Head Constable K. E. Verghese, ISA Mt. Abu; HC Manager Singh, 39 Bn.; HC B. K. Sarkar, 38 Bn.; HC D.C. Mahapatra, GC Durgapur; HC Haribal Devnath, 1st Bn.; HC C.O.Viswanathan, 64 Bn.; HC S.P. Upadhyay, 45 Bn.; CT Ganpati Yadav, 92 Bn.; CT Santokh Singh, 70 Bn.; CT Baldev Singh, 152 Bn.; Ward Sister Charan Kaur, Composite Hospital, Jammu; Washerman Tota Ram, GC Khatkhati; and Cook S.N. Goswami, GC Jhamshedpur.

CISF

As many as 30 personnel of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) will be honoured with the President's Police Medal.

President's Police Medal for Gallantry will be (posthumously) given to Solai Alagumalal, Head Constable, OIL Duliajan.

The Police Medal for Gallantry will be given to Aren Rajbanshi (posthumous), Constable, OIL, Duliajan and to Akshay Kumar Das, also a Constable working at OIL, Duliajan.

A.S.R. Reddy, Deputy Inspector-General, NLC, Neyveli, A.S. Chelladurai, Commandant, DAE, Kalpakkam, and G.S. Lama, SI, NISA, Hyderabad, are to honoured with the President's Police Medal for Distinguished Service and D.R. Yadav, Deputy Commandant, KSTPS Korba has been awarded the President's Fire Service Medal for Distinguished Service.

Police Medals for Meritorious Service will be given to Ajit Singh, SR Commandant, P & H Sectt. Chandigarh, B.C. Mehta, Commandant, BSF Bhilai, S. S. Gusain, Dy. Commandant, RTC Barwaha, Dalel Singh, Asst. Commandant, Ist Res. Bn. Barwaha, T. Venkatesulu, Inspector, Hyderabad Airport, Jagbir Singh, Inspector, 4th Res. Bn. Ranchi, T. K. Das, Inspector/Min., FHQrs. New Delhi, D. S. Rawat, Sub-Inspector, IGI Airport, T P Yadav, Sub-Inspector/Min., FHQrs New Delhi, Govind Jha, Asst SI, CPT Kolkata, B. S. S. Roy, Asst. SI, OIL Dullajan, Nepal Biswas, Head Const. NLC Neyvell, C. K. Singh, Head Const. VSP Vishakhapatnam, R.Kumaravel, Head Const., VSP Vishakhapatnam, Head Const R. Kumaravel, SJM Hyderabad, Head Const A. K. Majumdar, ISRO Bangalore, Head Const. S. K. Rakshit, BRABNML Salboni, Head Const. J. Tantubay, NPM Jagiroad, and Head Const R. Thiruchangu, RTC Arakkonam.

Those to be honoured with the Fire Service Medal for Meritorious Service are: C. P. Kundu, Asst. Commandant, FSTINISA Hyderabad, Taptan Debnath, Asst. Commandant, ONGC Mumbai, Uttam Chand Log, Asst. SI, FSTINISA Hyderabad, and S. K. Majumdar, Head Const., DSP Durgapur.

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