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J&K police tops MHA gallantry awards list: DIG south Kashmir, SSP Anantnag among awardees

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Srinagar: J&K Police and CRPF have once again bagged the maximum number of police medals for gallantry, announced by the Ministry of Home Affairs on Friday.

Of the 215 medals announced, 57 per cent were given for operations in Kashmir. Eight-one policemen from Jammu and Kashmir have been awarded the medals while 55 are from CRPF.

Three IPS officers from Jammu and Kashmir Police,  including Atul Kumar Goel (DIG South Kashmir), Sandeep Choudhary (SSP Anantnag), and Gurinderpal Singh (SSP Kulgam) have been awarded the Police Medals for Gallantry (PMG).

Deputy inspector general (DIG), South Kashmir, Atul Kumar Goel is among Jammu and Kashmir Police officers who have been awarded the PMG.

 Goel is the one who caught DSP Davinder Singh at a check post while he was ferrying two alleged Hizb-ul-Mujahideen militants in a vehicle on the Srinagar-Jammu Highway in January this year.

Two more J&K Police IPS officers, DIG Vidhi Kumar Birdi (currently on deputation in the NIA) and Tejinder Singh (SSP), have received 1st and 2nd bar to PMG respectively.

CRPF Assistant Commandant Naresh Kumar also won the bravery medal for the seventh time for undertaking counter-militancy operations in the Kashmir valley.

Besides this, Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma of Delhi Police Special Cell, who died in Batla House encounter in 2008, has been awarded gallantry medal posthumously. Sharma has received 6th bar to Police Medal for Gallantry – his 7th gallantry medal.