On the eve of India's 75th Independence Day, the Jammu and Kashmir Police personnels, who faced the terrorists in Kashmir Valley, have been awarded with India’s highest peacetime gallantry award - the Ashok Chakra, and second highest peacetime gallantry award - Kirti Chakra.
The Supreme Commander of the Indian Armed Forces, President Ram Nath Kovind approved a total of 144 gallantry awards to armed forces, police and paramilitary personnel.
The names of the security personnel included are Babu Ram, ASI of J&K Police, has been posthumously awarded with Ashok Chakra while Kriti Chakra was given to J&K Police constable Altaf Hussain Bhat.
The third highest peacetime gallantry award of India, the Shaurya Chakra, has been awarded to 15 people which includes six officers from Indian army and soldiers, two IAF officers, one Navy Officer, three CRPF personnel, two Odisha police commandos and one special officer of J&K police, respectively.
In the Indian Army, those who have been awarded with Shaurya Chakra includes Major Arun Kumar Pandey, Major Ravi Kumar Chaudhary, Captain Ashutosh Kumar (posthumously), Capt Vikas Khatri, Rifleman Mukesh Kumar, and Sepoy Neeraj Ahlawat.