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Ashok Chakra for nine bravehearts
26/11 heroes Karkare, Kamte, Salaskar, Major Unnikrishnan and Delhi cop MC Sharma on coveted list; 13 to get Kirti Chakra
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 25
As many as six security personnel, who laid down their lives fighting terrorists during the Mumbai attack, will be awarded the Ashok Chakra the highest award for gallantry during peacetime on Republic Day.

The list includes former ATS chief Hemant Karkare, additional commissioner Ashok Kamte, Inspector Vijay Salaskar and assistant sub-inspector Tukaram Ombale, National Security Guard commandos Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan and Havildar Gajender Singh. In total, 11 bravehearts would be honoured with the Ashok Chakra. Among other awardees include Delhi police hero inspector Mohan Chand Sharma who was killed during the Batla House encounter, Colonel Jojan Thomas of the Jat Regiment and Havildar Bahadur Singh Bohra of 10 Parachute Regiment. The two Ashok Chakras, which were announced earlier, would be awarded to assistant commandant Pramod Kumar Satapathy of the special operations group and RP Diengdoh of Meghalaya Police.

In total, the President Pratibha Patil has approved 428 gallantry and other defence decorations. This includes 13 Kirti Chakras - the second highest gallantry honour during peacetime. Mumbai cop Sanshak Shinde is in the list of Kirti Chakra awardees. His non-inclusion for the highest honour has resulted in a controversy in Mumbai. Attired in civil clothes, he was the first cop to have battled Ajmal Amir Qasab and Ismail Khan at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) on November 26.

In total, 13 Mumbai policemen had been recommended for the honour, but only four made it to the final list. The government has already said it would not be possible for it to give the Ashok Chakra to everyone recommended.

The others to get Kirti Chakra are: Lt Col Saurabh Singh Shekhawat of the Special Forces 21 Parachute Regiment, Lt Col Osiris Das of Kumaon Regiment, 13 Rashtriya Rifles, Capt Zala Ajitkumar Arshibhai of Special Forces 2 Parachute Regiment, Capt Paras Limboo of Assam Regiment, 59 Rashtriya Rifles, Subedar Indra Bahadur Pun of Special Forces 4 Parachute Regiment, Havildar Rale Santosh Tanaji of Maratha Light Infantry, 56 Rashtriya Rifles.

Naik Tape Yajo, 1 Assam regiment, Nitya Nanda Bora from Railways, Sapper V Satish NSG, Arun Chitte, R Powar, Shashank Shinde, Mukesh Jadhav - all Maharstahra Police.

The President has also approved one Bar to Shaurya Chakra, 30 Shaurya Chakras, 91 Sena Medals, one Bar Nao Sena Medal, four Nao Sena Medals, one Bar to Vayu Sena Medal, four Vayu Sena Medals, 29 Param Vishisht Seva Medals, two Uttam Yudh Seva Medals, one Bar to Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, 50 Ati Vishisht Seva Medals, five Yudh Seva Medals, two Bar to Vishisht Seva Medals, 122 Vishisht Seva Medals, one Bar to Sena Medal, 40 Sena Medals, eight Nao Sena Medals and 14 Vayu Sena Medals. Two Tatrakshak medals (gallantry), three Takrakshak medals (meritorious service) and 49 Mention-In-Despatches have also been also announced.



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