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Sanjeev, Raghuram, Ghale to get Kirti Chakra

Three officers have been decorated with Kirti Chakra in this year's President's Republic Day roll of honours.

india Updated: Jan 25, 2006 20:18 IST

Three officers have been decorated with Kirti Chakra in this year's President's Republic Day roll of honours.

A Gorkha Non-Commissioned officer, Subedar Jagat Bahadur Ghale, who felled three Lashkar terrorists in hand-to-hand combat in Kashmir, Sanjeev, a police officer who played a stellar role in tsunami rescue efforts and a civilian and Raghuram, from Rajasthan were awarded posthumously for their supreme sacrifce in the course of duty.

The President decorated 407 armed forces personnel with awards which included 3 Kirti Chakras, 28 PVSMs, 24 Shaurya Chakras, 75 Sena medals, 21 Vayu Sena Medals and 54 AVSMs.

The awards list also comprise 119 Sena medals, 132 VSMs, 42 Sena medals (distinguished service), 13 Nau Sena medals.

Ghale was decorated for his dare devil exploits in dense Rajawar forests near the LoC in Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir, while Sub-inspector Sanjeev has been honoured for saving a number of tsunami victims in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Director General Military Operations Lt Gen Madan Gopal, Vice Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen S Pattabhiraman, Western Air Force Commander Air Marshal AK Singh, Lt Gen Devraj Singh, Director General Infantry, and Lt Gen Anup Singh Jamwal, Adjutant General are among those decorated with Param Vishist Seva medal for distinguished service of the highest order.

The other armed forces top brass figuring in the PVSM list include the Eastern Air Commander, Air Marshal Fali Homi Major, country's Strategic Forces Commander Air Marshal AD Joshi and Padma Bandhopadhyay, country's first-ever Woman Air Marshal.

First Published: Jan 25, 2006 20:18 IST