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Ashok Chakra will pay Hangpan back.

HAVILDAR Hangpan Dada, who fought with grit and valour killing four Pakistani terrorists before making the supreme sacrifice will be awarded the Ashok Chakra posthumously, the government announced on the eve of Independence Day. Ashok Chakra is the highest peace time gallantry award.

On May 26, 2016, Havildar Hangpan Dada, having shot three terrorists, took a burst from the fourth. When terrorists managed to break contact with Army stops at Naugam Sector in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir, he along with his section was tasked to chase and trap fleeing terrorists, his citation read. Displaying ingenuity and understanding of ground, the ex- commando moved with incredible speed in the inhospitable snowbound high altitude terrain.

This move blocked the escape route of the terrorists and in the ensuing firefight, when his section was pinned down by heavy and accurate fire, he moved to a flank and closed in with the terrorists sheltered in rocks and boulders, resulting in saving lives of his comrades, his citation read.

Pathankot bravehearts Lt Col Niranjan EK of NSG's bomb disposal squad and Corporal Gurusevak Singh have been conferred with Shaurya Chakra and are among the 82 defence and paramilitary personnel for whom President Pranab Mukherjee approved gallantry awards.

The gallantry awards approved by the President, who is also the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, include one Ashok Chakra, 14 Shaurya Chakras, 63 Sena Medals ( Gallantry), two Nao Sena Medals and two Vayu Sena Medals.

A total of 948 central and state forces police personnel were also awarded gallantry and other service medals on the eve of Independence Day. The top honour of Presidents Police Medal for Gallantry ( PPMG) has been given to three Indo- Tibetan Border Police ( ITBP) personnel for thwarting terrorist attacks at Indian Consulates at Mazar- e- Sharif and Jalalabad in Afghanistan early this year. One PPMG has also been given to CRPF Inspector Gulam Nabi Bhat and an official of the Intelligence Bureau and three policemen from Telangana for undertaking daring operations.

The officers involved in the probe of Agusta Helicopter scam besides those securing successful prosecution of former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala are among 31 CBI officers who have been awarded President's Police Medal. Only two IPS officers figured in the list of awardees from CBI BRAVE ROCKY TO BE MEDALLED NSG'S BRAVE heart dog Rocket was awarded the Chief of Army Staff ( COAS) commendation for courage and obedience for his stellar role in the Pathankot operation nailing down a terrorist's position.

M AIL T ODAY was the first to report that the two- anda- half- year- old specially trained Belgian Malinois was recommended for gallantry award.

' Rocket' had walked into a burning airmen billet on the direction of his handler and brought back a pouch that indicated the presence of militants inside.

The assault dog, which is on deputation to the country's federal counter- terror force from Army, burnt his paws but that did not deter it from following the directions of its handler.

Three- year- old Rocket was quick to pounce on an armed terrorist within seconds of being let loose.

Rocket's sudden attack took the terrorist by surprise and he lost control, making it easy for the commandos to launch the final assault.

These dogs are an integral part of the forces in conflict zones and are being trained for multiple skills. The breed has made a big impact in operations in the red zone against Maoists.

FIRST IN M AIL T ODAY on Apr 23 reported about Rocket's recommendation for the award.

Hangpan killed four terrorists before falling On the eve of Independence Day, it has been announced that Havildar Hangpan Dada will be awarded the Ashok Chakra, which is the highest peace time gallantry award.

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Date:Aug 15, 2016
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