President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday conferred Major Aditya Kumar with the Shaurya Chakra at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in the National Capital. He was honored for his actions which led to elimination of four terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir.
Alongside Rifleman Aurangzeb, who was abducted and killed by terrorists in Kashmir in 2018 , Major Aditya Kumar of the 10th Batallion, Garhwal Rifles was selected in August 2018 to recieve the prestigious award.
Also at the Gallantry awards event in Rashtrapati Bhavan, Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat was conferred with the Param Vishisht Seva Medal by the President of India.
Army's Sepoy Vrahma Pal Singh and CRPF jawans Rajendra Nain and Ravindra Babban Dhanwade were decorated with the Kirti Chakra, India's second highest peacetime gallantry award, posthumously.
Major Tushar Gauba of 20 Jat regiment was conferred with the Kirti Chakra for killing three terrorists in close combat along the Line of Control in Kupwara sector of Jammu and Kashmir.
Twelve officers and jawans from the Army and CRPF, including Major Aditya Kumar, were also decorated with the Shaurya Chakra, the third highest peacetime gallantry award. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman were also present.
(With inputs from ANI)