Nineteen soldiers of the 4 and 9 Para Special Forces Regiment, which took part in daring cross-border surgical strike across Line of Control, have been awarded gallantry medals.
Major Rohit Suri of 4 Para, who led one of the teams across the LoC, was awarded the Kirti Chakra, the second-highest peacetime decoration.
Col Kapil Yadav, commanding officer of 9 Para and Col Harpreet Sandhu, Commanding Officer of 4 Para, were awarded the Yudh Sewa Medal, one of India’s military decorations awarded to mark distinguished service during war time.
Yudh Sewa Medal is the wartime equivalent of the Vishisht Seva Medal, which is a decoration for peace time distinguished service.
Three officers and two jawans from the two para units also got Shaurya Chakra, the third highest peacetime decoration, while 13 got Sena Medal (Gallantry).
The Army conducted surgical strikes on terrorist launchpads across the Line of Control in September last year, after a terrorist attack on an Army camp in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir claimed the lives of 19 jawans.
Army’s new chief General Bipin Rawat has said it is prepared to use the tactic again if needed.
The President has approved award of 398 gallantry and other defence decorations to armed forces personnel and others on the eve of the 68th Republic Day Celebrations.