After ignoring them for three years, the government has decided to confer the Police Medal for Gallantry on six Cobra commandos of the CRPF who died while fighting Maoist guerrillas in September 2009.
N Manoranjan Singh and five others had died while trying to save their colleagues caught in an ambush in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district in 2009.
An army major, Anup Joseph Manjali, who shot dead three foreign terrorists during a counter-insurgency operation in Jammu and Kashmir last October has been awarded the Kirti Chakra, the country’s second highest peacetime gallantry award.
Krishan Kumar, a naik who gave up his life to save scores of civilians caught in crossfire between government forces and rebels in the Congo last July, has been awarded the Shaurya Chakra. It is for the first time in recent years that a soldier killed in a UN mission has been given the award.