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CRPF ASI Pulwama Attack Martyr Mohan Lal Posthumously Received the President’s Police Medal for Bravery | India News


NEW DELHI: The martyr of the Pulwama attack and CRPF Assistant Deputy Inspector Mohan Lal received the President’s Police Medal for Gallantry (PPMG) on the eve of Republic Day this year for being the first to spot the suicide car moving alongside the CRPF convoy on February 14, 2019, and after having fired to stop it before it hit a convoy bus.
ASI Mohan Lal was among 40 CRPF members who died in the suicide car explosion. The attack had prompted the Indian Air Force to retaliate with cross-border airstrikes on the Jaish e Mohammad facilities in Balakot, inside Pakistan.
A total of 946 police medals were announced on the eve of Republic Day 2021, including 2 PPMG, 205 Police Medal for Gallantry (PMG), 89 President’s Police Medal (PPM) for Distinguished Service and 650 Medal Police (PM) for Meritorious Service.
CRPF earned the highest number of police medals with 132, followed by UP Police (97), BSF and J&K Police (71 each).
Of the 69 police medals for gallantry awarded to the CRPF, 61 correspond to operations carried out in Jammu and Kashmir and 8 in areas affected by left-wing extremism.
In fact, the J&K police and CRPF together took 113 or nearly 55% of the total 207 gallantry medals awarded this Republic Day, for operations at the J&K theater. Among the state police, the highest number of gallantry awards after the J&K police (52), has gone to the Delhi Police (17) and the Maharashtra Police (13). As for the central paramilitary forces, in addition to CRPF that obtained 69 gallantry medals, BSF obtained 20, ITBP and SSB 2 each and Assam Rifles 1 gallantry medal.
CBI has received 31 police medals for distinguished / meritorious service, IB 34, RPF 16 and NIA 6.
The two PPMGs, the highest category of police gallantry awards, announced on Monday went to Late Banua Oraon, ASI in Jharkhand Police, who was martyred in June 2018 after being seriously injured in an encounter with the Maoists. in the Saraikela district of Jharkhand. The Maoists had to withdraw following the nearly three-hour meeting.
CRPF ASI Mohan Lal, who was also posthumously awarded PPMG, was serving as the picket commander of the highway opening party in Lethpora, Pulwama on February 14, 2019, when he noticed a civilian car running alongside the convoy and attempting to enter between the convoy vehicles. He sensed something suspicious and rushed to stop the suspicious vehicle. He signaled and chased the car to stop, but couldn’t match the car’s speed. In the end, finding no other option, he fired at the suspect car to make it stop, but the car collided with a nearby CRPF bus and a large explosion occurred. Lal was caught in the explosion and achieved martyrdom.

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