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Featured Image: The wife of posthumously awarded Naib Subedar Suraj Tamang breaks into tears as she receives the gallantry award from Lt Gen Abhay Krishna.  

By A Newsman

Kolkata, 21 September: THE Army today conferred gallantry awards posthumously to three jawans for sacrificing their lives in the line of duty in the east and northeast India. This apart, 34 serving officers and jawans were given awards for bravery in duty.

The awards were today handed over by Lt Gen Abhay Krishna, general-officer- command-in-chief of the Eastern Army command, at an investiture ceremony organised at the Fort William in Kolkata.

The ceremony saw conferring of five Yudh Seva Medals and 32 Sena Medals (Gallantry), including the posthumous awards, on officers and jawans for their outstanding service.

Out of the 32 gallantry awards, 22 were awarded to junior commissioned officers and other ranks. Assam Rifles got the highest number of 11 gallantry awards, indicating the crucial role it plays for internal security in the northeast.

The three jawans posthumously awarded the prestigious Sena Medal (Gallantry) are Naik Chitra Saikia of 21 Rastriya Rifles, Rifleman Paokholet Bailte of 24 Assam Rifles, and Naib Subedar Suraj Tamang of 44 Assam Rifles. Their wives received the awards as tears rolled down their eyes in the packed Albert Ekka Auditorium at the Fort William.

Naib Subedar Suraj Tamang, while leading his team on an area domination patrol in Ukhrul district of Manipur, displayed exceptional bravery and presence of mind and saved the lives of troops under his command during a militant attack. But while doing so, he attained martyrdom. His Sena Medal (Gallantry) was received by wife Shrimati Sanjila Tamang.