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Jan 28 2015
Officer who foiled Afghanistan mission attack gets Shaurya Chakra
ITBP inspector Manjeet Singh's four colleagues, head constable V P Malik and constables Praveen Kumar, Rakesh Kumar and Jadeja Rajender Singh, have also been decorated with President's Police Medal In a rare honour government has conferred Shaurya Chakra on ITBP Inspector Manjeet Singh, who led his commandos in repulsing an audacious terrorist attack on the Indian consulate in Afghanistan’s Herat province last year. The 36-year-old Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) officer has become the lone recipient of this military medal among all paramilitary forces this January 26. There have been very few instances of paramilitary soldiers accorded this honour.
Singh was the contingent commander of the ITBP team which, in the wee hours of May 23, 2014 at the Indian consulate in Herat, came under heavy gunfire and rocket propelled grenade (RPG) shell attacks from terrorists.
The officer, his citation said, displayed great valour and meticulous planning “steadfastness, dedication to duty and rare quality of leadership in the face of imminent danger” and intelligently led his troops in thwarting the terror bid on the Indian mission which would have claimed many lives had it been successful.
His four colleagues, head constable V P Malik and constables Praveen Kumar, Rakesh Kumar and Jadeja Rajender Singh have also been decorated with the highest police gallantry medal — Presidents Police Medal for Gallantry— few days ago.
Singh, who joined the paramilitary force in 2000, hails from Haryana's Sonepat and was inducted for heading the ITBP unit at Herat in April 2013.
Officials said the officer has an excellent track record in the force, both operationally and otherwise, as he has already won a DG commendation disc for his devotion to duty and rose up to the rank of inspector rapidly after he joined the force in the lowest entry rank of a constable.