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February 5, 2016

1.Lance Naik Mohan Nath Goswami of 9 Para-Special Forces, who not only killed two terrorists but also helped in neutralising two others while saving the lives of three wounded soldiers in J&K last September, has been posthumously awarded the country’s highest peacetime gallantry award, Ashoka Chakra.

2.Defence Service Corps (DSC) sepoy Jagdish Chand, who killed a terrorist after snatching his gun during the Pathankor airbase attack earlier this month before he himself was shot dead by the other terrorists, is among the four to be honoured with Kirti Chakra, the second-highest award, in this year’s Republic Day gallantry list. The other three are Subedar Mahendra Singh (9 Para-SF), head constable Rajesh Atra and constable Gautam Koch (posthumous).

3.Four of the 11 Shaurya Chakra awardees have also got it posthumously: Colonel Santosh Yaswant Mahadik (41 Rashtriya Rifles), Naik Satish Kumar (21 Rashtriya Rifles), sepoy Dharma Ram (1 Rashtriya Rifles) and constable Shri Rocky.

4.The other Shaurya Chakra awardees are Major Praphul Kumar Bhardwaj (12 Para-SF), Major Anurag Kumar (9 Para-SF), Major Sandip Yadav (55 Rashtriya Rifles), Lieutenant Harjinder Singh (3 Kumaon), Naik Kheem Singh Mehra (21 Kumaon), Rakesh Kumar Sharma and a civilian Bikramjeet.