Wing Commander Abhinandan awarded Vir Chakra

Abhinandan, Vir Chakra

New Delhi - Several other personnel working with the armed forces have been honoured as well.


Published: Wed 14 Aug 2019, 1:02 PM

Last updated: Wed 14 Aug 2019, 5:04 PM

India's Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman has been awarded the third-highest wartime gallantry award, the Vir Chakra.

Sapper Prakash Jadhav of the Indian Army's 1 Rashtriya Rifles (Mahar) battalion has been conferred with the second-highest peacetime gallantry medal Kirti Chakra posthumously for operation in Kulgam in Jammu and Kashmir. Other Indian Air Force officers who have received awards for their role in the Balakot operations include lady officer Squadron Leader Minty Agarwal who has been conferred with Yudh Seva Medal for her role as a fighter controller during the February 27 aerial conflict between India and Pakistan.

Air Commodore Sunil Kashinath Vidhate, Gp Capts Yashpal Singh Negi, Hansel Joseph Sequeira and Hemant Kumar have also been awarded the Yudh Sewa Medal for the planning and execution of the Balakot aerial strikes.

The seven IAF officers who have been awarded the Vayu Sena Medal for Gallantry include Gp Capts Saumitra Tamaskar and Pranav Raj, Wg Cdr Amit Ranjan, Squadron Leaders Rahul Basoya, Pankaj Bhujade, B Karthik Narayan Reddy and Shashank Singh.

In the army, eight personnel have been awarded the Shaurya Chakra, of which five have received the honour posthumously.

The officers who have received the award posthumously include Maj VS Dhaundial of 55 Rashtriya Rifles, Lance Naik Sandeep Singh of 4 Para (Special Forces), Rifleman Shive Kumar of 31 Rashtriya Rifles and Sepoy Brajesh Kumar of 22 Rashtriya Rifles.

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