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365 gallantry awards and other defence decorations to the armed forces personnel and others

ASHOK AWARD

On the occasion of Republic Day Lance Naik Mohan Nath Goswami, part of the elite Special Forces was conferred the Ashok Chakra, the highest gallantry award in the country. Among those conferred the Kirti Chakra is Sepoy Jagdish Chand of the defence service corps platoon, who died in the Pathankot terror attack. Chand was transferred to Pathankot from Leh just a few days before the incident. When terrorists attacked, Chand ran after one of them and snatched his weapon before killing him. Two more terrorists in the vicinity opened fire on Chand, killing him on the spot. Similar courage was shown by Colonel Santosh Mahadik, who has been conferred the Shaurya Chakra. Mahadik, who had been commanding the 41 Rashtriya Rifles since July 2014, was known in Kupwara for undertaking initiatives in the fields of education, sports and healthcare. On November 17, 2015, he led a search operation following an input about the presence of terrorists in Manigah forest.

Colonel Santosh, with his Quick Reaction Team, headed to the site, where they came under fire. Pinned down, he maneuvered to outflank the terrorists, giving his troops a chance to take cover. He suffered multiple gunshot wounds but kept the terrorists pinned down till he was evacuated. He later succumbed to his injuries.

Lieutenant General Ravindra Vasantrao Thodge has been awarded Param Vishisht Seva Medal. He has already been conferred with Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Sena Medal and Vishisht Seva Medal. Thodge passed out from the Sainik School in 1973 and joined the Gorkha Regiment of the Indian Army. He is currently serving as master general of ordanance. Lieutenant General Rajeev Vasant Kanitkar has been awarded Ati Vishisht Seva Medal. He was previously conferred with Sena Medal and Vishisht Seva Medal. Passed out in 1974, Kanitkar was commissioned into the Army in 1978 after completing courses in the NDA and the IMA. He is currently serving as quartermaster general, Armor Corps.Colonel Giridhar Dhondiram Kole has been conferred with Sena Medal for Devotion to Duty.Both Kole and Colonel Santosh Mahadik were classmates and passed out from Sainik School in 1994 after completing Std XII.

The awardees include four Kirti Chakras, 11 Shaurya Chakras, one Bar to Sena Medal (Gallantry), 48 Sena Medal (Gallantry), four Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry), two Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry), 29 Param Vishisht Seva Medal, five Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, four Bar to Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, 49 Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, 20 Yudh Seva Medal, three Bar to Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 37 Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), eight Nao Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 16 Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), five Bar to Vishisht Seva Medal and 118 Vishisht Seva Medal.

SL. NO. RANK & NAME SERVICE
ASHOKA CHAKRA
1. L/NK MOHAN NATH GOSWAMI, 9 PARA (SF) (POSTHUMOUS) ARMY
KIRTI CHAKRA
1. SUB MAHENDRA SINGH, SM, 9 PARA (SF) ARMY 2. SEP JAGDISH CHAND, DEFENCE SERVICE CORPS PLATOON(POSTHUMOUS) 3. RAJESH ATRA, HEAD CONSTABLE MHA 4. LATE SHRI GAUTAM KOCH, ARMED BRANCH CONSTABLE (POSTHUMOUS)
SHAURYA CHAKRA
1. COLONEL SANTOSH YASHWANT MAHADIK, SENA MEDAL, THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)/41ST BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES (POSTHUMOUS) ARMY 2. MAJ PRAPHUL KUMAR BHARDWAJ, 12 PARA (SF) 3. MAJ ANURAG KUMAR, 9 PARA (SF) 4. MAJ SANDIP YADAV, ARMD, 55 RR 5. LT HARJINDER SINGH, GEN SER, 3 KUMAON 6. NK KHEEM SINGH MEHRA, 21 KUMAON 7. SEP DHARMA RAM, MAHAR, 1 RR (POSTHUMOUS) 8. NAIK SATISH KUMAR, BRIGADE OF THE GUARDS/ 21ST BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES (POSTHUMOUS) ARMY 9. LATE CONSTABLE SHRI ROCKY (POSTHUMOUS) MHA 10. SHRI RAKESH KUMAR SHARMA 11. SHRI BIKRAMJEET PRIVATE EMPLOYEE, PESTICIDE FACTORY UPL
PARAM VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL
LIEUTENANT GENERAL ARUN KUMAR SAHNI, LIEUTENANT GENERAL RAKESH NANDAN, LIEUTENANT GENERAL MAN MOHAN SINGH RAI, LIEUTENANT GENERAL AMIT SHARMA LIEUTENANT GENERAL DEEPENDRA SINGH HOODA, LIEUTENANT GENERAL HARMINDERJIT SINGH SACHDEV, LIEUTENANT GENERAL KAMAL JIT SINGH, LIEUTENANT GENERAL NAVKIRAN SINGH GHEI, LIEUTENANT GENERAL ANIL KUMAR AHUJA, LIEUTENANT GENERAL GURMIT SINGH, LIEUTENANT GENERAL RAVINDRAN NARAYAN NAIR, LIEUTENANT GENERAL GHANSHYAM SINGH KATOCH, LIEUTENANT GENERAL GURDEEP SINGH, LIEUTENANT GENERAL RAVINDRA VASANTRAO THODGE, LIEUTENANT GENERAL SRINIVASAN LAXHMI NARSIMHAN, LIEUTENANT GENERAL NITIN KUMAR KOHLI, LIEUTENANT GENERAL RAKESH MOHAN MITTAL, LIEUTENANT GENERAL KOCHER LAKOTA GOPALA KRISHNA, LIEUTENANT GENERAL KULKARNI SANJAY, LIEUTENANT GENERAL BHUSHAN KUMAR CHOPRA, VICE ADMIRAL PARASURAMA NAIDU MURUGESAN, VICE ADMIRAL SAROJ KUMAR JHA, VICE ADMIRAL AV SUBHEDAR, AIR MARSHAL JAGJEET SINGH, AIR MARSHAL HERIKUDRU BABU RAJARAM, AIR MARSHAL POCHANA PRASAD REDDY, AIR MARSHAL KULWANT SINGH GILL, AIR MARSHAL BIRENDER SINGH DHANOA, AIR MARSHAL SHIRISH BABAN DEO.
UTTAM YUDH SEVA MEDAL
LIEUTENANT GENERAL KONSAM HIMALAY SINGH, LIEUTENANT GENERAL BIPIN RAWAT, LIEUTENANT GENERAL BALWANT SINGH NEGI, LIEUTENANT GENERAL SUBRATA SAHA, LIEUTENANT GENERAL SARATH CHAND.