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CRPF jawan posthumously awarded PM’s medal for saving lives of Vaishno Devi pilgrims

CRPF head constable Harvinder Singh was decorated with the Prime Minister’s medal for “showing exemplary ideal of self-sacrifice in a life-threatening incident” on August 24, 2016.

india Updated: Jun 08, 2018 14:29 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
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CRPF jawan Harvinder Singh was hit by a falling boulder while rescuing the pilgrims and later succumbed to injuries.(Twitter/CRPF)

A CRPF jawan, who saved the lives of Vaishno Devi pilgirms trapped in a landslide in 2016, has been posthumously decorated with the PM’s police medal for life saving.

A spokesperson for the paramilitary said head constable Harvinder Singh of the 6th battalion of the force has been decorated with the Prime Minister’s medal for “showing exemplary ideal of self-sacrifice in a life-threatening incident” on August 24, 2016.

Singh, deployed for frisking of pilgrims and others to the famous shrine that day, noticed some women pilgrims and their children trapped under a landslide even as few others present around were hit by flying stones and pebbles.

During this rescue bid, he said, Singh was hit by a falling boulder and later succumbed to grievous injuries, the spokesperson said.

The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) is tasked to guard the cave shrine in Trikuta hills of Reasi district of Jammu against terror and sabotage threats.

First Published: Jun 08, 2018 14:27 IST