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President presents gallantry awards

November 23, 2021 09:37 AM

New Delhi, President Ram Nath Kovind presented the gallantry awards for 2020, including a Veer Chakra to Wing Commander (now Group Captain) Abhinandan Varthman, who shot down a Pakistani F-16 fighter jet a day after the Balakot airstrike.

He was awarded for his role in shooting down the Pakistani F-16 fighter aircraft by his MiG-21 Bison on February 27, 2019 in an aerial dog fight.

Vir Chakra is the country’s third highest wartime Gallantry award after Param Vir Chakra and Maha Vir Chakra.

The dogfight took place a day after the IAF’s Mirage-2000s struck targets Pakistan’s Balakot in response to the Pulwama terror attack in Kashmir on February 14, 2019.

In an investiture ceremony held in two parts on Monday morning and evening, President presented

President Kovind accorded the second-highest peacetime gallantry award Kirti Chakra (posthumously) to Sapper Prakash Jadhav for neutralising terrorists in an operation in Jammu and Kashmir. His wife and mother received the award.

Major Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal also received the Shaurya Chakra (posthumously) for his role in an operation where five terrorists were eliminated and a huge quantity of explosive material was recovered.

His wife Lt Nitika Kaul and mother received the award at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Naib Subedar Sombir accorded the Shaurya Chakra (posthumously) for killing an A++ category terrorist during an operation in Jammu and Kashmir. His wife Suman Devi and mother Rajendra Devi received the award.

Captain Maheshkumar Bhure also conferred the Shaurya Chakra. On 25 November 2018, Captain Maheshkumar Bhure led a team in Jammu & Kashmir, wherein he planned and led the operation in which six top terrorist commanders were eliminated.

President presented Shaurya Chakra award to Naib Subedar Sombir (Posthumously).

He was among the army men who died while fighting terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir in February 2019.

Lieutenant Colonel Ajay Singh Kushwah received Shaurya Chakra for a successful counter-insurgency operation in Jammu & Kashmir in which he killed six terrorists. The President altogether presented 23 Shaurya Chakras, which are awarded for valour, courageous action or self-sacrifice while not engaged in direct action with the enemy. It may be awarded to civilians as well as military personnel and is the third in order of precedence of peacetime gallantry awards.

He also presented two Kirti Chakras, the peacetime equivalent of the Maha Vir Chakra and the second in order of peacetime gallantry.

27 Param Vishisht Seva Medals, 51 Ati Vishisht Seva Medals, and four Uttam Yudh Seva Medals were also presented.

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