Shaurya Chakra for 15 bravehearts

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    NEW DELHI: Nine Army officers and a havildar, three IAF pilots and two CRPF assistant commandants have been awarded the Shaurya Chakra for displaying exemplary bravery during various counter-terror, anti-Naxal and other operations, in the Independence Day honours' list this year.

    Among the 15 awardees of Shaurya Chakra, Major Chandra Shekhar Singh of the Army Aviation Corps is the only one to get it posthumously. Major Singh and his co-pilot Major Amit Mohindra were on a "maintenance sortie" in the forbidding Siachen-Saltoro Ridge region in their Cheetah helicopter when it crashed near the Bhim post, at an altitude of 6,000 metres, last May. Major Mohindra has also been awarded the Shaurya Chakra.

    The four who got the medal for anti-Naxal operations are Wing Commander Vatsal Kumar, whose helicopter came under heavy fire during logistical operations in Chhattisgarh last December, and two CRPF assistant commandants, Nagendra Singh and Vinoj P Joseph, part of the operation that "neutralized'' top Naxal leader Koteshwar Rao 'Kishanji' near Jhargram in West Bengal last November.

    The other awardees are Lt-Colonel Dhruvjyoti Chanda (13 Sikh), Major T N Unnikrishnan (15 Dogra), Major Himanshu Panwar (26 Maratha Light), Major Vijayendra Singh Yadav (Guards), Major Saurabh Suyal (Armoured Corps), Major Pradeep Mishra (Jat), Lieutenant Satya Jeet Ahlawat (Ordnance Corps), Havildar Charanjit Singh (Artillery) and two IAF officers, Squadron Leader Ajit Vasane and Flight Lieutenant G R Kharche. Among the 62 gallantry medals, there is one for anti-piracy operations. Lt Sailesh K Tyagi from the elite naval marine commando wing has been awarded the Nao Sena Medal for valour during anti-piracy missions while deployed on board warship INS Sukanya in the Gulf of Aden.

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