New Delhi: The Indo-Tibetan Police Force (ITBP) on Friday said it has recommended gallantry medals for the troops who fought against China’s People Liberation Army (PLA) in eastern Ladakh in May-June, for this year Independence Day.
ITBP Director General SS Deswal has recommended the names of 21 personnel, who faced the Chinese during face-offs and skirmishes in May-June, for gallantry medal.
Also, 294 ITBP personnel have been awarded with the DG’s commendation rolls and insignias.
Six other soldiers of ITBP have been awarded for their courage in anti-Naxal operations in Chhattisgarh.
“The troops not only effectively used shield to protect themselves but also responded fiercely to PLA advancing troops and brought the situation under control,” the ITBP said here.
It also said that the soldiers fought with highest order of professional skills and also brought the injured Indian Army troops to the rear.
Further it added, “Even when the ITBP troops fought whole night, they received minimum casualties by giving befitting reply to the stone palters of the PLA. At places, they gave determined standoff about 17 to 20 hours throughout the intervening nights.”
“Due to the high altitude training and maneuver experience of the force in the Himalayas deployments, the ITBP troops kept the PLA troops at bay and due to the all out and befitting response of ITBP jawans at almost all fronts, many areas were safeguarded in the hyper sensitive areas,” the ITBP said.
The force also recommended the names of 318 ITBP personnel and 40 other CAPFs personnel for award of Union Home Minister Special Operation Medals for their dedicated services in fight against the Covid-19.
The ITBP has been in the forefront of the Covid-19 battle since January, 2020 when it had established the biggest Quarantine facility in Chhawla Camp for Wuhan and Italy evacuees, it said.
Besides dedicating its hospitals for Covid19 patients of the CAPFs/CPOs, it is also looking after the world’s biggest 10,000 bed capacity Sardar Patel Covid19 Care Centre and Hospital at Radha Soami Beas at Chhatarpur in New Delhi since July 5.
The Nation will celebrate the 74th Independence Day tomorrow.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead the nation in celebrating the Independence Day at the majestic Red Fort in New Delhi.
He will unfurl the National Flag and address the nation from the ramparts of the iconic monument.
Security has been tightened in the National Capital in view of the celebrations.
A full dress rehearsal was held at the Red Fort yesterday for the Independence Day celebrations.