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Maj Laishram Singh given Ashok Chakra posthumously

Ashoka Chakra Medal
Ashoka Chakra Medal

Maj Laishram Jyotin Singh of the Army Medical Corps, who was among the seven Indians killed in the February 26 terror attack targeting the Indian Medical Mission in Kabul, Afghanistan, has been posthumously awarded the Ashok Chakra, the nation's highest peacetime gallantry award.

Maj Singh, who grappled with a suicide bomber with his bare hands and managed to save the lives of as many as ten of his colleagues, is among 114 personnel from the Armed Forces, paramilitary and police whose names have been approved by the President for gallantry awards on the occasion of Independence Day.

The awards include two two Kirti Chakras, two Bar to Shaurya Chakras, nineteen Shaurya Chakras, two Bar to Sena Medal (Gallantry), eighty Sena Medals (Gallantry), three Nao Sena Medals (Gallantry) and five Vayu Sena Medals (Gallantry), an official press release said here today.

The Kiriti Chakras have been given posthumously to Capt Davinder Singh Jass of the Corps of Signals, who died fighting terrorists in Chinkipur in Jammu and Kashmir in February this year, and Mr Vinod Kumar Choubey, Superintendent of Police, Rajnandgaon in Chattisgarh, who died while engaging Naxalites in July last year.

Maj Singh, 37, graduated from the Regional Institute of Medical Science at Imphal, Manipur in 1996 and later took a post-graduate diploma in Sports Medicine from the Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sprots, Patiala, in 2001.

He was commissioned in the Army Medical Corps on 15 February 2003 as a Short Service Commissioned Officer and was granted Permanent Commission on April 26, 2007. He had served as a medical officer in a High Altitude location under Project Vartak and in a Military Hospital in counter-insurgency operations area for a combined period of over six years in his short but illustrious military service.

The officer was selected on merit for deputation to Indian Medical Mission in Kabul, Afghanistan where he was stationed since February 13, 2010. Maj Sigh, who was unmarried, is survived by his parents who live in his native place Nambol Awang Leikai, Bishnupur, Manipur.

At 0630 hrs of February 26 this year, a guarded residential compound of the Indian Embassy in Kabul, housing six army medical officers, four paramedics and two other Army officers of the English Language Training Team (ELTT) were suddenly attacked by heavily armed terrorist suicide bombers.

A terrorist, after detonating a Suicidal Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device (SVBIED) resulting in the death of three security guards, entered the compound to kill any survivors. The terrorist proceed to fire bursts of Kalshnikov rounds into the individual rooms and started throwing hand grenades. In the melee, five unarmed officers took shelter in one of the rooms which was subjected to grenade attack and the fire on its roof spread consequently to the bathroom where another group of five officers were sheltered.

On hearing shouts of the five officers, Maj Singh crawled out from under the debris of his room. He charged with bare hands at the armed terrorist and pinned him down to ensure that he could no longer lob more grenades or direct fire at the officers cornered in a burning room. He continued to grapple with armed terrorist and did not let him go till the terrorist panicked and detonated his suicide vest, resulting in the instantaneous deaths of both of them.

The release noted that Maj Singh gave up his life for the sake of five of his colleagues, one of whom unfortunately was still charred to death, and another succumbed to his injuries five days later.

"His sacrifice, in addition, also saved the lives of two officers, and four paramedics and two Afghan civilians still alive within the compound," the release said.

Capt. Dass, who had a B.Tech. degree and an MBA, was comissioned into the Corps of Signals on December 10, 2007. He volunteered for the Special Forces and successfully cleared his probation on April 11, 2009.

"He was an excellent leader for his troops in operations and an asset to the unit in all the operations undertaken," he said.

On February 23, 2010, after receiving information about the presence of terrorists in Chinkipur, a heavily congested built up area, Capt Jass, after carrying out meticulous planning, moved to the area. While closing into the target area, his leading squad came under heavy indiscriminate terrorist fire from multiple directions, injuring some members of his squad.

'With utter disregard to his personal safety he successfully evacuated one of his injured men to safety. Thereafter the officer crawled forward again to evacuate the second man but was grievously injured. Inspite of his injuries he pulled out the second man to safety. Subsequently, unmindful of the injuries, he continued engaging the terrorists and closed in to one of the hiding terrorists. In a daring encounter he killed one foreign terrorist in a fierce hand to hand combat. He later succumbed to his injuries fighting for his motherland in the finest traditions of Indian Army," the release said.

Mr Choubey had on July 12, 2009 received a message at 0700 hours that Naxalites had attacked the Madanwara outpost of the Manpur police station in Rajnandgaon district and killed two policemen.

Sensing the serious consequences of the incident, Mr Choubey and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) rushed to the spot from their respective headquarters. En route, Mr Choubey’s carcade was ambushed by Naxalites near Manpur police station. However, he kept moving and instructed the assistant sub-inspector there to come in a mine proof vehicle (MPV) with additional force.

The Naxalites had laid fresh road blocks on the way. Mr Choubey cleared the blocks and reached the site where fierce fighting was going on between the police and the Naxalites. The MPV of police was attacked with bullets and bombs. The men in MPV were in a perilous capture and death situation but were fighting. The IGP’s party and the SP’s party kept attacking the Naxalites.

According to the release, the timely intervention saved the trapped policemen in a fierce battle. A transport bus of civilians which had entered amidst the ambush was also rescued to safety.

About 300 Naxalites came from the forest firing fiercely. Many climbed up the trees and threw grenades incessantly at the police party. Police was caught in a precarious situation and were exposed in the open without any cover. They were being fired at from all directions.

However, the police party led by Mr Choubey retained their nerves and despite the Naxalites’ numerical and topographical advantage, courageously took on the attack and retaliated formidably while making concerted efforts to save the life of their men in grave situation with the reinforcements not in sight.

In this adverse situation, Mr Choubey, leading from the front as leader of the party decided to make a dent in the Naxal attack, and moved from his position and sprang towards the Naxalites in the trenches 10 meters away and fired at them.

"This bold and unexpected counter attack caused a flutter of panic amongst the Naxalites and forced them to retreat behind the large rocks. Thus emboldened policemen opened fire and continued the attack. A fierce uneven battle ensued. Mr Choubey fought heroically with iron determination and raw grit. In the continued firing, he was grievously hurt, but continued to fire and ultimately made the supreme sacrifice of his life at the altar of duty. He displayed an exceptional quality of leadership and bravery worth emulating where an officer rose to the occasion and laid down his life saving his men from deadly attack of the Naxalites," the release added.

The following is the list of awardees:

ASHOKA CHAKRA: MR-08609 MAJOR LAISHRAM JYOTIN SINGH ARMY MEDICAL CORPS / EMBASSY OF INDIA, KABUL (POSTHUMOUS).

KIRTI CHAKRA: IC-70151 CAPTAIN DAVINDER SINGH JASS 1ST BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES) (POSTHUMOUS), SHRI VINOD KUMAR CHOUBEY SUPERINTENDENT OF POLICE, RAJNANDGAON CHHATTISGARH POLICE (POSTHUMOUS).

BAR TO SHAURYA CHAKRA: IC-58637 MAJOR THONGAM JOTEN SINGH, SHAURYA CHAKRA, 21ST BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES), SS-39651 MAJOR AJAY SINGH, SHAURYA CHAKRA 11TH BATTALION THE MARATHA LIGHT INFANTRY.

SHAURYA CHAKRA: IC-55217 LIEUTENANT COLONEL ADITYA NEGI, SENA MEDAL 3 GORKHA RIFLES / 32 RASHTRIYA RIFLES , IC-61307 MAJOR DEEPAK YADAV ARMY EDUCATION CORPS / EMBASSY OF INDIA, KABUL(POSTHUMOUS), IC-61324 MAJOR NITESH ROY ARMY EDUCATION CORPS / EMBASSY OF INDIA, KABUL(POSTHUMOUS), IC-66201 CAPTAIN SUNIL YADAV PUNJAB REGIMENT / 37 RASHTRIYA RIFLES, IC-68043 CAPTAIN AMIT KUMAR SINGH, SENA MEDAL 2ND BATTALION THE BIHAR REGIMENT, IC-69150 CAPTAIN SUNIL NARANG 4TH BATTALION THE SIKH LIGHT INFANTRY, SS-42657 LIEUTENANT NAVIN NIROLA 4TH BATTALION THE KUMAON REGIMENT, JC-413360 NAIB SUBEDAR INDER KUMAR 1ST BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES), JC-560161 NAIB SUBEDAR SHIV PUJAN SHARMA 2ND BATTALION THE BIHAR REGIMENT, JC-2300474 NAIB SUBEDAR RANG BAHADUR YADAV 23 ASSAM RIFLES, 13621161 LANCE HAVILDAR RAJAN 1ST BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES), 2602065 NAIK BAIJU B 7TH BATTALION THE MADRAS REGIMENT, 4366857 LANCE NAIK NENGMAITHEM RAJESH SINGH 21ST BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES), 4001514 SEPOY RAVI KANT DOGRA REGIMENT / 11 RASHTRIYA RIFLES(POSTHUMOUS), 4002995 SEPOY SURENDER KUMAR DOGRA REGIMENT / 62 RASHTRIYA RIFLES (POSTHUMOUS), 13627069 PARATROOPER MAKUNG SARANG HUCHONG 21ST BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES), 15619321 GUARDSMAN KRISHAN KUMAR BRIGADE OF THE GUARDS / 21 RASHTRIYA RIFLES(POSTHUMOUS), COMMANDER DILIP DONDE, (03593-T), COMMANDER NITEEN ANANDRAO YADAV, (03965-K).

BAR TO SENA MEDAL(GALLANTRY): IC-50367 LIEUTENANT COLONEL THANGJAM TIKENDRA SINGH, SENA MEDAL, GRENADIERS / 16 ASSAM RIFLES, IC-64395 CAPTAIN BASANT SEWADA, SENA MEDAL ARMOURED CORPS / 8 RASHTRIYA RIFLES.

SENA MEDAL(GALLANTRY): IC-51955 COLONEL KOLANKARA MOHAN NAIR 7TH BATTALITON THE MADRAS REGIMENT, IC-57241 MAJOR VINOD KUMAR MARATHA LIGHT INFANTRY / 56 RASHTRIYA RIFLES, IC-57884 MAJOR SURISETTY RAMESH REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY / 871 FIELD REGIMENT, IC-61427 MAJOR TATHAGATA DUTTA ARMOURED CORPS / 53 RASHTRIYA RIFLES, IC-62075 MAJOR KULDEEP SINGH ARMY SERVICE CORPS / 61 RASHTRIYA RIFLES, IC-62121 MAJOR NEERAJ KOTWAL ARMY SERVICE CORPS / 12 RASHTRIYA RIFLES, IC-62225 MAJOR ANIL GAUTAM REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY / 12 ASSAM RIFLES, IC-62371 MAJOR AMIT KUMAR SINGH ARMY SERVICE CORPS / 53 RASHTRIYA RIFLES, IC-63968 MAJOR KAMLESH KUMAR REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY / 13 RASHTRIYA RIFLES, IC-64024 MAJOR KUBER SINGH KARKI KUMAON REGIMENT / 50 RASHTRIYA RIFLES, IC-64108 MAJOR UPINDER PAL SINGH ARMOURED CORPS / 46 ASSAM RIFLES, IC-64894 MAJOR SANDEEP SINGH KUMAON REGIMENT / 26 RASHTRIYA RIFLES, IC-65235 MAJOR ADITYA KUMAR DEVRANI, SHAURYA CHAKRA, REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY / 29 RASHTRIYA RIFLES, IC-65403 MAJOR FARID UR REHMAN BRIGADE OF THE GUARDS / 61 RASHTRIYA RIFLES, IC-65674 MAJOR PUNEET SINGH ATWAL 1ST BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES), IC-66827 MAJOR JOG ABHISHEK SURESH JAT REGIMENT / 12 ASSAM RIFLES, IC-67973 MAJOR KULDEEP KUMAR DABRAL 4/8 GORKHA RIFLES, IC-68743 MAJOR AVINASH RANA 7TH BATTALION THE MADRAS REGIMENT, SS-41214 MAJOR JUGMAL SINGH VAGHELA, SHAURYA CHAKRA, 11TH BATTALION THE JAT REGIMENT, SS-41839 MAJOR TEJ PRATAP SINGH 8TH BATTALION THE SIKH REGIMENT, WS-00458 MAJOR MITALI MADHUMITA ARMY EDUCATION CORPS / EMBASSY OF INDIA, KABUL, IC-67760 CAPTAIN SHAHZEB SHABIH CORPS OF ENGINEERS / 54 RASHTRIYA RIFLES, SS-41660 CAPTAIN BLESSON K DANIEL ARMY AIR DEFENCE / 10 RASHTRIYA RIFLES, SS-42448 CAPTAIN GAUTAM KUMAR 12TH BATTALION THE BIHAR REGIMENT, IC-69699 LIEUTENANT SAMBHAV SAGAR 19TH BATTALION THE MADRAS REGIMENT, IC-70331 LIEUTENANT RAHUL RANA 3RD BATTALION THE KUMAON REGIMENT, IC-70923 LIEUTENANT SOURABH SIROHI 2ND BATTALION THE BIHAR REGIMENT, JC-412867 SUBEDAR ANAND SINGH 4TH BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES), JC-413027 SUBEDAR DALVIR SINGH MALHOTRA 4TH BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES), JC-559562 SUBEDAR BASU DEO TURI 2ND BATTALION THE BIHAR REGIMENT, JC-413372 NAIB SUBEDAR BALVIR SINGH 1ST BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES), JC-623840 NAIB SUBEDAR RAJESH THAPA 4/8 GORKHA RIFLES, 2785965 HAVILDAR PANCHAL IRAPPA DHANAPPA 11TH BATTALION THE MARATHA LIGHT INFANTRY, G/3400147 HAVILDAR RAMESH CHAND 34 ASSAM RIFLES, 2793555 LANCE HAVILDAR RAJESH BS 11TH BATTALION THE MARATHA LIGHT INFANTRY, 2792488 NAIK SIRSAT BHANUDAS EKNATH MARATHA LIGHT INFANTRY / 56 RASHTRIYA RIFLES, 2796299 NAIK MORE BAJARANG NARAYAN 11TH BATTALION THE MARATHA LIGHT INFANTRY, 2998657 NAIK GIRVAR 19TH BATTALION THE RAJPUT REGIMENT, 3187880 NAIK KULJEET KUMAR DOGRA REGIMENT / 62 RASHTRIYA RIFLES, 4187374 NAIK BHIM SINGH KUMAON REGIMENT / 50 RASHTRIYA RIFLES, 13622515 NAIK SELVA KUMAR P 1ST BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES) (POSTHUMOUS), 13623415 NAIK MANOJ KUMAR 4TH BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES), 2605201 LANCE NAIK PRINCE JOSEPH 7TH BATTALION THE MADRAS REGIMENT, 2691126 LANCE NAIK TEJ RAM MEENA GRENADIERS / 39 RASHTRIYA RIFLES, 2803900 LANCE NAIK PUNDKAR SANDIP GANPATRAO 12TH BATTALION THE MARATHA LIGHT INFANTRY, 3193999 LANCE NAIK MANA RAM JAT REGIMENT / 61 RASHTRIYA RIFLES, 4478918 LANCE NAIK BAPUKAN DAS 9TH BATTALION THE SIKH LIGHT INFANTRY, 12944107 LANCE NAIK DES RAJ 159 INFANTRY BATTALION (TERRITORIAL ARMY) (HOME & HEARTH) DOGRA / 11 RASHTRIYA RIFLES, 12944336 LANCE NAIK AJAZ HUSSAIN 159 INFANTRY BATTALION (TERRITORIAL ARMY) (HOME & HEARTH) DOGRA / 26 RASHTRIYA RIFLES, 12944663 LANCE NAIK NISAR AHMED 159 INFANTRY BATTALION (TERRITORIAL ARMY) (HOME & HEARTH) DOGRA / 10 RASHTRIYA RIFLES, 2496006 SEPOY JASVIR SINGH PUNJAB REGIMENT / 22 RASHTRIYA RIFLES, 2498188 SEPOY BALWINDER SINGH PUNJAB REGIMENT / 22 RASHTRIYA RIFLES, 2499738 SEPOY LAKHVIR SINGH PUNJAB REGIMENT / 22 RASHTRIYA RIFLES (POSTHUMOUS), 2607537 SEPOY SINUMON S 19TH BATTALION THE MADRAS REGIMENT, 2607994 SEPOY G PRABU MADRAS REGIMENT / 54 RASHTRIYA RIFLES, 2804362 SEPOY PANDHARE MARUTI MAHADEV 11TH BATTALION THE MARATHA LIGHT INFANTRY, 2997779 SEPOY PARVESH KUMAR RAJPUT REGIMENT /10 RASHTRIYA RIFLES, 3001111 SEPOY RISHI RAJ SINGH 19TH BATTALION THE RAJPUT REGIMENT, 3003613 SEPOY SHRAWAN SINGH 9th BATTALION THE RAJPUT REGIMENT (POSTHUMOUS), 3202943 SEPOY ATUL KUMAR 11TH BATTALION THE JAT REGIMENT, 4427932 SEPOY LONGJAM RAM SINGH ASSAM REGIMENT / 42 RASHTRIYA RIFLES, 12944396 SEPOY AJNAITA LAL 159 INFANTRY BATTALION (TERRITORIAL ARMY) (HOME & HEARTH) DOGRA / 11 RASHTRIYA RIFLES, 13624561 SEPOY AVINASH KUMAR RAJPUT REGIMENT / 10 RASHTRIYA RIFLES, 14935024 SEPOY PURNA LIMBOO MECHANISED INFANTRY / 9 RASHTRIYA RIFLES, 2896969 RIFLEMAN SHREE KANT 5TH BATTALION (NAPIERS) THE RAJPUTANA RIFLES, 5756850 RIFLEMAN NARENDRA SAUD KCHHETRI 4/8 GORKHA RIFLES, 9103699 RIFLEMAN SUNIL KUMAR JAMMU AND KASHMIR LIGHT INFANTRY / 10 RASHTRIYA RIFLES, 12974266 RIFLEMAN MOHAMMED ABASS TANTRY 162 INFANTRY BATTALION (TERRITORIAL ARMY) (HOME & HEARTH) JAMMU AND KASHMIR LIGHT INFANTRY / 42 RASHTRIYA RIFLES, 12974408 RIFLEMAN MOHAMMED AMIN GANIE 162 INFANTRY BATTALION (TERRITORIAL ARMY) (HOME & HEARTH) JAMMU AND KASHMIR LIGHT INFANTRY / 42 RASHTRIYA RIFLES, 16013463 RIFLEMAN RAMENDRA SINGH BAISH RAJPUTANA RIFLES / 9 RASHTRIYA RIFLES, 16014974 RIFLEMAN AJAY KUMAR RAJPUTANA RIFLES / 18 RASHTRIYA RIFLES, G/2502052 RIFLEMAN SANGLUNG MUANA 25 ASSAM RIFLES, G/2701836 RIFLEMAN MANSA KUMAR OJHA 46 ASSAM RIFLES, G/5000272 RIFLEMAN KSH SANAYAIMA SINGH 21 ASSAM RIFLES, 9113216 PARATROOPER IMTIYAZ AHMAD THOKER 1ST BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES) (POSTHUMOUS), 13626673 PARATROOPER HAJARI LAL GURJAR 1ST BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES), 13626875 PARATROOPER LAKHWINDER PAL SINGH PARACHUTE REGIMENT / 31 RASHTRIYA RIFLES, 2693614 GRENADIER HARDEV SINGH GRENADIERS / 39 RASHTRIYA RIFLES, 2695623 GRENADIER JAI DEV GRENADIERS / 12 RASHTRIYA RIFLES, 15168087 GUNNER FALTANKAR DIVAKAR DADURAM REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY / 32 RASHTRIYA RIFLES(POSTHUMOUS).

NAO SENA MEDAL (GALLANTRY): COMMANDER GANGUPOMU MURALI, (03943-K), LIEUTENANT COMMANDER AJAY KANWAR, (05240-H), RAJAN SINGH, SEA I CD III, (214217-H).

VAYU SENA MEDAL (GALLANTRY): WING COMMANDER SAGAR SINGH RAWAT (22711) FLYING (PILOT), SQUADRON LEADER ASHOK KUMAR (24900) FLYING (PILOT), SQUADRON LEADER AMIT SHARMA (26545) FLYING (PILOT), SQUADRON LEADER VISHAL MOHAN (27475) FLYING (PILOT), FLIGHT LIEUTENANT ROHIT RAI (27992) FLYING (PILOT).

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