Bhubaneswar: President Ram Nath Kovind conferred Kirti Chakra (posthumously) to Odia CRPF constable Pradip Kumar Panda for different counter-terrorist operations in Jammu and Kashmir.
The award was received by Panda’s wife at the Defence Investiture Ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan today.
Panda, a native of Liploi village in Rajgangpur of Sundargarh district in Odisha, was killed in a militant attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama on December 31 last year.
Kovind also conferred Kirti Chakra (posthumously) to Sepoy Vijay Kumar of Indian Army, for different counter-terrorist operations in Jammu & Kashmir.
Besides, ‘Uttam Yudh Seva Medal’ was conferred to Lieutenant General Anil Kumar Bhatt for the successful conduct of counter-terrorist operations under him in Jammu & Kashmir.