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Ashok Chakra Awarded To J&K Cop Babu Ram; Hero Of The 2020 Srinagar Encounter

The brave heart, during his service in the anti-insurgency group, remained part of 14 encounters in which 28 terrorists of different terror outfits were gunned down, the officials said.

Ashok Chakra Awarded To Police ASI Babu Ram; Hero Of The 2020 Srinagar Encounter
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New Delhi: India’s military might, cultural diversity and varied unique initiatives will be showcased as President Ram Nath Kovind leads the nation on Wednesday in celebrating the 73rd Republic Day. The celebrations this year are special as India is in the 75th year of Independence – being celebrated as ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’.

This year a total of 317 awards have been conferred to defence personnel who have shown superior bravery and sacrifice during challenging times. Assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of Jammu and Kashmir Police, Babu Ram, has been conferred with Ashok Chakra posthumously for “displaying valour and exemplary raw courage”. This is with regard to an anti-terror operation in Srinagar where he killed three terrorists in August 2020.

Watch Babu Ram’ wife Rina Rani & son Manik receive the award from President Ram Nath Kovind:

Born on May 15, 1972 at Dharana village in the border town of Mendhar of Poonch district of the Jammu region, Ram, was appointed in the Jammu and Kashmir Police as constable in 1999 after his schooling, officials said. They said Ram voluntarily opted for the special operations group (SOG), the counter-militancy force of the J-K Police, after completing his basic induction training.

He was subsequently posted in SOG Srinagar on July 27, 2002, and was part of various anti-terror operations in which a number of hardcore terrorists were killed, the officials said. They said during one such operation at Lal Chowk here, while evacuating civilians, Ram got injured, but returned to the action soon after recovery.

The constable got two out-of-turn promotions in view of his exceptional performance in various anti-militancy operations in Srinagar. He was a thorough professional and gave the best services in the SOG, the officials said.

On August 29 last year, militants travelling on a bike opened fire at security personnel, who were checking vehicles at Pantha-Chowk here. “After the attack, the terrorists entered Dhobhi Mohalla in Pantha-Chowk. Immediately, the area was cordoned off and search operation was launched,” the officials said.

ASI Ram was part of the advance party who launched an assault against holed up terrorists, they said. “The hiding terrorists opened fire at the joint search party, triggering an encounter. The encounter ended with the elimination of three Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists, including a commander. However, Ram was also martyred leaving behind his wife, two minor sons and a minor girl,” they said.

The brave heart, during his service in the anti-insurgency group, remained part of 14 encounters in which 28 terrorists of different terror outfits were gunned down, the officials said, adding that for outstanding contribution and valour, he has been decorated with Ashok Chakra, the country’s highest peacetime gallantry award, posthumously.

With PTI Inputs.

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