A complete 1,082 personnel of assorted central paramilitary forces and state police have been awarded police medals this I-Day 2022 in three classes — 347 police medals for gallantry (PMG), 87 President’s police medals for distinguished service (PPM) and 648 police medals for meritorious service (PM). The CRPF leads the tally with a complete 171 medals, adopted by J&Okay police with 125, Maharashtra Police with 84, UP police with 80 and BSF with 70.
Delhi Police acquired a complete of 18 police medals, together with one PMG, two PPM and 16 PM. No President’s police medals for gallantry (PPMG) — the best rated police medal for acts of bravery — was awarded this 12 months both to any police or paramilitary personnel.
When it comes to gallantry awards, CRPF and J&Okay police have been nearly neck-and-neck with a haul of 109 and 108 medals, respectively. Whereas 83 CRPF personnel have been honoured for gallant acts in J&Okay, 26 gallantry medals have been in respect of counter-Naxal motion. Maharashtra police have been a distant third with 42 of its personnel honoured for gallantry, adopted by the BSF with 19 PMGs and Chhattisgarh police with 15.
As many as 30 police gallantry medals have been awarded posthumously. These embrace 11 personnel from BSF; six from Jharkhand Police; 4 from CRPF; three every from Maharashtra Police and Chhattisgarh Police; and one every from Delhi Police, Assam Rifles and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).
Among the many central paramilitary forces, CRPF personnel received the best tally of 171 police medals in all classes, adopted by BSF with 70 medals, Intelligence Bureau with 34 medals, CBI with 30, CISF with 24, ITBP with 20, Railway Safety Pressure (RPF) with 16 medals and SSB with six medals.
The NSG received 4 police medals, whereas NIA, NDRF and SPG received three medals every and Assam Rifles, 15 medals.
Among the many 19 gallantry medal awardees from BSF are SI Rakesh Dobhal, who attained martyrdom through the gallant act, head constable Naseeb Singh and constable Rajesh Kannan, all of who neutralised and destroyed enemy posts whereas retaliating a ceasefire violation by the Pakistani Military alongside the J&Okay border.
Three CRPF personnel have been honoured for a counter-terror operation in Zadoora, Pulwama, in August 2020, during which three terrorists, together with one from Jaish and two from Hizbul Mujahideen, firing from the cowshed of a home, have been killed. 4 different CRPF personnel received the gallantry medal for a March 2021 operation in Batpora, Shopian that led to the neutralisation of 4 Lashker-e-Toiba terrorists, with no collateral injury regardless of an enormous crowd of miscreants having gathered on the encounter web site to pelt stones and lift slogans towards the safety forces.
9 personnel of Maharashtra Police have been rewarded for valiantly preventing Naxalites throughout an operation in Gadchiroli district in Might 2020, foiling a possible plan by them to commit a subversive act with an purpose to “unseat the democratically elected government”, states the quotation. The armed Naxalites have been allegedly appearing on the behest of prime CPI (Maoist) leaders Basavaraj and Milind Teltumbade. Teltumbade, a central committee member of the CPI (Maoist), is an accused within the Elgar Parishad-Bhima Koregaon case being probed by NIA.
ITBP was awarded six medals for preventing Naxals in Rajnandgaon. In one in all these operations dated January 14, 2018, Naxal commander Raju Dantewada, carrying a reward of Rs 3 lakh, was killed.