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Kirti Chakra for Nb Sub Bhupal Singh Chhantel Magar, Shaurya Chakra for 7 soldiers
New Delhi, January 25, 2014
Naib Subedar Bhupal Singh Chhantel Mangar of 5/5 Gorkha Rifles has been chosen for the Kirti Chakra for displaying exceptional bravery and raw courage during an encounter with six heavily armed terrorists on August 31 last year in the Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir.
President Pranab Mukherjee has also approved the award of Shaurya Chakras to seven soldiers, two of them posthumously.
Those chosen for the Shaurya Chakras are Lieutenant Colonel Bikramjit Singh (posthumous), 16th Light Cavalry; Major Mandeep Singh Ghumman, 1 Assam Rifles; Major Gaurav Thakur, 24 Rashtriya Rifles (Bihar); Captain Sandeep Bhartiya, 17 Jat; Captain Mahabir Singh, 9 Para (SF); Sepoy Lallawmzuala, 18 Rashtriya Rifles (Rajputana Rifles); and Sepoy Ran Bahadur Gurung (posthumous) , 5/5 Gorkha Rifles.
The awards will be conferred at an investiture ceremony to be announced later.
The citation for Nb Sub Bhupal Singh said he had been chosen for the Kirti Chakra for displaying exceptional bravery, raw courage and junior leadership beyond the call of duty, in successful counter infiltration operations along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu & Kashmir. He is a resident of Rupendehi district of Nepal.
According to the citation, on 31 August 2013, while guarding a crucial gap along the LoC in Kupwara district, Nb Sub Bhupal Singh spotted movement of six heavily armed terrorists.
"Displaying remarkable presence of mind, he immediately side-stepped his position in rugged and boulders ridden terrain and closed in towards the terrorists, despite being under fire. The gallant soldier, displaying nerves of steel, fired a long burst, killing one terrorist. He pursued the second terrorist and injured him. While the injured terrorist was hiding behind a boulder, the junior commissioned officer (JCO), unmindful of his personal safety, charged towards the terrorist and killed him," it said.