Among the 948 security personnel awarded Independence Day police medals this year is Satender Kumar Gupta, who as Hisar Superintendent of Police played a crucial role in handling the followers of self-styled godman Rampal as they tried to prevent his arrest in November 2014.
While the President’s Police Medal for Gallantry has been awarded to seven personnel, the Police Medal for Gallantry has been awarded to 170 personnel, the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service to 88 and Police Medal for Meritorious Service to 683 personnel.
Barber among 10 ITBP bravery awardees
Ten Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) commandos, including a non-combatised trooper working as a barber, who valiantly thwarted terrorist strikes on Indian Consulates in Afghanistan, have been accorded top police gallantry medals on the eve of Independence Day.
The attacks took place at the Indian Consulates of Mazar-e-Sharif and Jalalabad on January 3 and March 2. The ITBP was tasked to provide security to the Indian embassy in capital Kabul and the four consulates, with Heart and Kandahar being the other two.
The Indian facilities in Afghanistan face threats from al-Qaeda and other affiliated terrorist groups.