19 March 2019
Bhubaneswar: President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday presented Gallantry Awards and Distinguished Service Decorations at the Defence Investiture Ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan and martyred Odia jawan Pradip Kumar Panda's wife received the Kirti Chakra on his behalf.
As the room resounded with a thunderous applause, Panda's wife with glistening eyes received the award from the President. Panda had been killed while fighting the militants who stormed a CRPF camp in Awantipora in Jammu and Kashmir on December 30, 2017. The fight had lasted for over 30 hours.
Kirti Chakra was also conferred on Sepoy Vijay Kumar of Indian Army who had displayed exceptional bravery during a counter-terrorist operations in Jammu and Kashmir. Both Panda and Kumar made supreme sacrifice for the nation. Kumar's wife too received the award on his behalf.
On the other hand, Uttam Yudh Seva Medal was conferred on Lieutenant General Anil Kumar Bhatt for successful counter-terrorist operations conducted under him in Jammu and Kashmir.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba and Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.