WATCH: Rajnath Singh breaks protocol, hugs brave BSF jawan suffering disability

Godhraj Meena, who is not able to speak properly as one bullet had pierced through his jaw, received a thunderous applause from the officials and jawans when the home minister pinned the gallantry medal on his chest.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: June 2, 2017 2:42 pm
Rajnath Singh, Godhraj Meena, BSF jawan, Udhampur attack, 2014 Udhampur attack Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh after presenting Police Medal to constable Godhraj Meena, who took on militants when they attacked a BSF bus in Udhampur in J&K on August 5, 2015, at the 15th BSF investiture ceremony in New Delhi on Thursday. PTI Photo

In a rare gesture, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday broke protocol and hugged BSF constable Godhraj Meena who has suffered 85 per cent disability after militants’ bullets hit him during an attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur in 2014. Meena’s bus, part of a Border Security Force convoy, was ambushed by militants on August 5, 2014 near the ‘narsu nalah’ area in Udhampur with a heavy gunfire.

The citation of the 44-year-old trooper said he was on guard duty in the bus and his bravery, acute presence of mind and accurate fire kept the two militants at bay and thwarted their attempts to enter and target the about 30 personnel onboard.

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Meena, who is not able to speak properly as one bullet had pierced through his jaw, received a thunderous applause from the officials and jawans when the home minister pinned the gallantry medal on his chest. Even before Meena could accord the mandatory salute, the home minister hugged and patted him and saw him off from the dais with a firm and long hand shake. BSF officials said as per protocol, the home minister, after pinning the medal and handing over the citation, has to shake hand with the awardee and the person moves ahead after according a salute to him.

“What we saw today is rare, very rare. This is only in very special cases like that of Meena who has suffered 85 per cent disability after the attack. He is not able to talk and walk properly but despite this he dons his uniform with pride,” a senior officer said. The officer said Meena has now been deputed for conducting administrative duties. This retaliation had led a total of four BSF personnel, including Meena, being decorated with gallantry medals. The others included constable Subhendu Roy, driver Daljit Singh and constable Rocky who was awarded the ‘Shaurya Chakra’.

Later, during his speech, Singh said he was proud of Meena’s bravery and grit. He also awarded the police medal for gallantry posthumous) to the wife of the constable and cook of the BSF unit Sanjay Dhar. Dhar was posted at the ‘Pittal’ border post along the Indo-Pak International Border in Jammu and laid down his life while saving his friend who had got injured in an unprovoked firing incident by Pakistan on July 16, 2014. Singh, during the annual investiture ceremony of the BSF, also awarded gallantry medals to a total of seven troops of the border guarding force for their daredevil actions during ceasefire violations along the India-Pakistan border and while handling attacks by militants in Jammu and Kashmir. He also decorated five personnel of the 41st battalion of the force for undertaking an anti-Naxal operation in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker in 2014, where the team killed two Maoists.

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    Rajan
    Jun 3, 2017 at 6:21 pm
    Most of the Government work are done by Modi. So Sushma and Rajanha have to explore some act like this.
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      RR krishna
      Jun 2, 2017 at 10:12 am
      Home minister presenting police medal ceremony on 1st jun17 home minister, after pinning the medal and handing over the citation, has to shake hand with the awardee and the person moves ahead after according a salute to him. Disabled BSF jawan really honored
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        RR krishna
        Jun 2, 2017 at 10:00 am
        Good
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          Raghu
          Jun 2, 2017 at 5:09 am
          Now I am proud of being Indian. Mere Bhaarat Mhaan for sure.
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            Pappu
            Jun 2, 2017 at 4:32 am
            Sir my father 7046821ex naik P N Kale having Raksha medal retired on medical ground, hasn't got One rank one pension yet. You can see the passbook. Please take serious cognizance of our request
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              Silly Silly
              Jun 2, 2017 at 5:13 am
              Please email to the official home ministry email along with a cc to Rajnathji and pm Modi. IE forum is the most unreliable place to raise such issues.
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              Antony
              Jun 2, 2017 at 3:57 am
              Instead of showing the BSF jawan public affection , rajnath sigh should have bought safety gears for the jawans fighting moaists and terrorists in kashmir ! but he doesnt care about the country or jawns ! he became HM only to protect cows ! that is what he asked the jawans to do ! his govt provide billions for UID for cows and making gaushalas but no money to improve the working conditions of our jawans ! the day these chaddi educated sanghis drain their head of gober and gau mutra the country will progress !
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                Niladrinath Mohanty
                Jun 2, 2017 at 4:12 am
                Don't write n0nsense.
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                  Visu
                  Jun 2, 2017 at 7:41 am
                  This is only a public stunt. Why doesn't our nation understand? Mr. Rajnath could have hugged him anyway and anywhere. What jawans need is not a hug from netas in public but better policies, modern equipments and fair Treatment.
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                  amit
                  Jun 2, 2017 at 3:54 am
                  An example of grit and valor. mr Merna has proved again what is service above self. We salute him.
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                    sagar
                    Jun 2, 2017 at 12:59 am
                    No homework in border at all. If Indira hi or Nehru been alive, shtan would have run away to China.
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