Jammu & Kashmir police personnel will get a maximum of 32 Police Medals for Gallantry (PMG) announced on Tuesday.
A total of 777 security personnel, including the police and paramilitary force, will be awarded medals on the occasion of 68th Republic Day while 100 personnel will be handed the gallantry awards.
The lower rank officers have marched ahead of their seniors bagging the maximum President’s Police medal for Gallantry. Constable to head constable ranks haven stolen the show by walking away with as many as 55 medals, while only one IPS officer was named in the gallantry list.
The Home Ministry said that 100 personnel have been named for the PMG, 80 for President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service and 597 for Police Medal for Meritorious Service.
Officials clarified that the Gallantry awards announced this year were related to acts of bravery performed by policemen in 2014 and 2015. A senior Home Ministry official said, “The awards this year are in recognition of distinguished service rendered by police personnel who work in adverse conditions.”
J&K tops the list followed by Andhra Pradesh-12, Assam-four, Chhattisgarh-seven, Delhi-three, Jharkhand-nine, Manipur-four, and Uttar Pradesh-seven.
Sub-inspector Nazir Ahmad Kuchey, from Jammu and Kashmir, will be awarded two gallantry medals for his role in two encounters in 2014 and 2015. In both the cases, J&K Police claimed to have gunned down Pakistani militants in joint operations with the Army.
The Central Bureau of Investigation will get 28 medals — including six President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service and 22 Police Medal for Meritorious Service.
Of the Delhi Police officers, three will be rewarded for gallantry, two for distinguished service and 10 for meritorious service.
The Central Reserve Police Force will be awarded 78 police medals — 16 Police Medal for Gallantry, five President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service and 57 Police Medal for Meritorious Service.
The Border Security Force will receive 56 awards, including five for gallantry, five for distinguished services and 46 for meritorious service. The Central Industrial Security Force will be conferred 27 awards, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police 15 and the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) 14 awards.