Martyr Captain Pawan Kumar and Captain Tushar Mahajan of 9 Para Special Forces who lost their lives during the Pampore attack have been conferred with ‘Shaurya Chakra’, the third highest gallantry medal, for their sacrifice.
Both are among the other recipients of the award who have been conferred with the same award for their supreme sacrifices made for the nation, ahead of Independence Day by President Pranab Mukherjee.
President Mukherjee has approved 82 gallantry awards to the armed forces personnel and members of the paramilitary forces which include one Ashok Chakra, 14 Shaurya Chakras, 63 Sena Medals (Gallantry), two Nao Sena Medals (Gallantry) and two Vayu Sena Medals (Gallantry).
Havildar Hangpan Dada of 35 Rashtriya Rifles (posthumous), who eliminated three terrorists and injured one during an encounter in Nugam sector of Jammu and Kashmir, has been awarded Ashoka Chakra, the highest peace time gallantry award.
Besides this Lieutenant Col. E.K. Niranjan who lost his life during the Pathankot airbase attack has also been conferred with ‘Shaurya Chakra’, the third highest gallantry medal, for his sacrifice.