NEW DELHI:Eight personnel of the 21 Para Regiment of the Special Forces, which carried out the surgical strike on the Indo-Myanmar border following the Manipur ambush, were among the 67 chosen for the Gallantry awards announced by President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday on Independence Day eve. Shaurya Chakra awardee Lt Col Nectar Sanjenbam of the 21 Para of Special Forces, who led the team which carried out the raid, got Kirti Chakra along with Naib Subedhar Rajesh Kumar (posthumous), killed in an operation against terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir in October .
Ten soldiers, including Havildar Tanka Kumar Limbu of the 21 Para, got the Shaurya Chakra. Other awardees, include Col M N Rai, Havaldar Man Bahadur Chhetri, Head Constable of J&K Police Mohammad Shafi Sheikh, Constable Reyaz Ahmad Lone and CRPF Second-in-Command Hira Kumar (all posthumous). Commandant Chandra Shekhar Joshi, Commander of Coast Guard ship Rajratan, which was involved in an operation that led to sinking of a Pakistani boat earlier this year, was also among those chosen for the Gallantry Award.
Apart from Commandant Joshi, Commander Mohan Milind Mokashi, Commanding Officer, INS Sumitra, and Captain Rajesh Dhankhar, Commanding Officer, INS Mumbai, which spearheaded the rescue operation of stranded Indians in Yemen this year, were also named for the Gallantry Awards.
Besides two Kirti Chakras, there were 10 Shaurya Chakras, one Bar to Sena Medal (Gallantry), 49 Sena Medals (Gallantry), two Nao Sena Medals (Gallantry) and three Vayu Sena Medals (Gallantry). Squadron Leader S Selvakumar, Flight Lieutenant Gandikota Jagan Mohan and Sergent Mukesh Kumar Tiwari got the Vayu Sena Medal.