A central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) commando, constable Bhrigu Nandan Choudhary, who died fighting the Maoists in Chakrabanda area of Jharkhand, was awarded the Kirti Chakra — the second highest peacetime gallantry award after the Ashoka Chakra — on the occasion of Republic Day Sunday. He is the first CRPF commando to have won the award.
In September 2012, Choudhury killed six armed Maoists despite losing both his legs in an IED blast during an operation in the dense Chakrabanda forests in Jharkhand.
The CRPF bagged the maximum number of gallantry medals (15) this year, with constable Santosh Kumar Singh and constable Ugrasen Tripathi being awarded the President’s Police Medal for gallantry posthumously. The Police Medal for gallantry (posthumously) was awarded to S Prabhu, Narendra Singh, Parasmani Jha, Mukesh Kumar Bunkar and Pradeep Kumar. Assistant Commandant Anjani Kumar, Deputy Commandant Trilok Nath Singh and Constables Ali Hasan, Subir Das, Raj Kumar, Sanjay Yadav, Sibo Prasad Panigrahi and Birju Kumar bagged the Police Medal for gallantry this year.
Apart from this, six CRPF personnel also received the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Services, while 57 others have been awarded the Police Medal for meritorious service.
Five personnel of the counter terror force — the National Security Guard (NSG) — were also awarded the President’s Police Medal for distinguished and meritorious services.
The BSF got 51 medals this time, including five for distinguished services. CISF also got 33 medals, including three for distinguished services. The Sashastra Seema Bal received 13 medals and the ITBP received 15 medals this time — 12 for meritorious services and three for distinguished services.