Gallantry Awards For Surgical Strike Heroes

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New Delhi: On the eve of Republic Day, the commanding officers of the 4 & 9 Para Special Forces which took part in last year’s surgical strikes were awarded Yudh Seva medals.

Major Mohit Suri of the 4 para was awarded the Kirti Chakra, and four personnel who were part of the operation were awarded the Shaurya Chakra.

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The Kirti Chakra and the Shaurya Chakra are peacetime gallantry awards, while the Yudh Seva medal is a wartime award.

The Army conducted surgical strikes on terror launchpads across the Line of Control in September last last year, after a terrorist attack on an army camp in Uri , Jammu and Kashmir, claimed the lives of 19 jawans.

The strikes was widely hailed by as a strong move against Pakistan-sponsored cross-border terrorism, and the Army’s new chief General Bipin Rawat has said it is prepared to use the tactic again if needed.

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