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On gallantry list: Army men who carried out LoC surgical strikes

Departing from practice, the Army did not release the citations for the acts that got the honours — the operation has remained classified till date.

Written by Sushant Singh | New Delhi | Updated: January 26, 2017 11:14 am
gallantry list, gallantry award, surgical strikes, Kirti Chakra, Shaurya Chakra, Republic Day, indian army, bravery award, army bravery award, indian express news, india news Besides these awards, 12 men from these units have been given Mention in Despatches which is meant to recognise distinguished and meritorious service in operational areas and acts of gallantry.

Nineteen personnel of two Special Forces (SF) battalions which carried out surgical strikes along the Line of Control (LoC) last September were decorated Wednesday with gallantry awards, including a Kirti Chakra and five Shaurya Chakra, on the eve of the Republic Day.

Departing from practice, the Army did not release the citations for the acts that got the honours — the operation has remained classified till date.

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Major Rohit Suri of 4 Para SF was awarded the Kirti Chakra while Colonel Kapil Yadav, Commanding Officer of 9 Para SF, and Colonel Harpreet Sandhu, Commanding Officer of 4 Para SF, were awarded the Yudh Seva Medal for the operation.

The list of awards for these two units includes a Kirti Chakra, India’s second highest peacetime gallantry award after the Ashok Chakra, five Shaurya Chakra, the third highest peacetime gallantry award, and 13 Sena Medal for gallantry.

Besides these awards, 12 men from these units have been given Mention in Despatches which is meant to recognise distinguished and meritorious service in operational areas and acts of gallantry.

The Army did not release the citations of the awarded personnel. An official source said: “Every citation contains the description of the qualifying act, and putting that out will let everything be known about the operation, including tactics. Special Forces operations have to be kept secret. We also did not release citations for gallantry awards after the operations in Myanmar in 2015.”

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The two SF battalions are also deployed for counter-insurgency duties in Jammu and Kashmir and some of the awards to the personnel could possibly be for operations against terrorists. But official sources confirmed that the bulk of the awards to 4 Para SF and 9 Para SF in the list are for the surgical strikes.

The two units struck at terror launch pads along the LoC on September 29 last year, in response to a terror attack on the Uri Army camp on September 18, which led to the death of 19 Army soldiers.

Deviating from past practice about LoC operations, the government publicly announced that surgical strikes had been successfully conducted though it did not give out operational details. No photograph or video of the operation, in which seven terror launch pads were reportedly destroyed, have been released till date.

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    Vedic power
    Jan 26, 2017 at 6:00 am
    You irfan world knew on who to laugh at they r laughing at u n ir crying n weeping badly surgical strike has taken a bad toll of ur jehasi fundoo army n they r badly humiliated becose of that spreading rumour of fake surgcal strike
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      KANNAN
      Jan 26, 2017 at 12:14 pm
      ONE MAJOR AND TWO COLONEL WERE DECORATED WITH KC AND YSM .lt;br/gt;MEN WERE NOT GIVEN any of these. POOR STATE OF AFFAIRS .lt;br/gt;WE ARE STILL IN APARTHEID STATUS .lt;br/gt;TELL ME INDIAN EXPRESS lt; THOSE MEN WHO WERE DECORATED WITH GALLANTRY AWARDS DO NOT HAVE NAMES . OR THAT YOU TOO ARE NOT BOTHERED ABOUT THOSE BRAVE MEN
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        Sreenivasa Rao
        Jan 26, 2017 at 2:41 am
        Jai Bharat, revealing operations of such acts is not good for anything as citizens enjoy little but terrorists n factionists will use for counter acts. Hope Media will not insist further.
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          arun dass
          Jan 26, 2017 at 7:48 am
          What is the problem with Islamic Express journos?? what don;t they understand?? India is not the same as all the fake his of today as it was before, stating with Feroze Khan becoming fake hi and resat of the saga, with with fake name.
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            Kaliyug
            Jan 26, 2017 at 6:55 pm
            Keep the ideny of the soldiers a secret, pay them good bonuses for their job well done, make them be proud of their accomplishments by naming streets after them.
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