BHUBANESWAR: Debasis Sethy and Sudhir Kumar Tudu, two policemen who had laid down their lives preventing left-wing extremists, have been embellished with Shaurya Chakra, the third highest non-combatant gallantry award on the eve of seventy fifth Independence Day. This is also for the primary time two braveheart safety personnel from Odisha have acquired Shaurya Chakra.
Each have been awarded posthumously for displaying bravery throughout anti-Maoist operations. Sethy and Tudu – members of Odisha Police’s Particular Operations Group (SOG) – had proven distinctive bravery and valour throughout an alternate of fireside with the Maoists in Kalahandi district on September 9, 2020. Whereas Sethy had joined Odisha Police as a constable in October, 2013, he was inducted into SOG in March, 2016. Equally, Tudu had joined as a constable in September, 2013 and was inducted into SOG in June, 2018.
Through the battle with Maoists, Sethy and Tudu laid down their lives whereas defending their colleagues from the insurgent assault. “We keep in mind them with pleasure and gratitude and are grateful to the Centre for recognising their bravery,” DGP Abhay stated. The alternate of fireside had taken place in a densely forested area below M Rampur police limits in Kalahandi.
2 Shaurya Chakras for Odisha Police
The seventy fifth Independence Day additionally introduced extra excellent news for Odisha Police as 67 of its personnel have been awarded the Police Medal for Gallantry (PMG) by the Ministry of Residence Affairs. That is the best variety of gallantry medals awarded to Odisha Police in a yr since Independence although it consists of backlogs of 2020. The PMGs got for 9 anti-Naxal operations between Could 2019 and 2020. Jammu and Kashmir police acquired the best variety of medals.
Equally, 11 personnel of Odisha police have been awarded Police Medal for Meritorious Service (PMMS) and two conferred the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service (PPMDS). On Independence Day, the President’s Police Medal for Meritorious Service will probably be awarded to Jyoti Ranjan Barik, who’s an Inspector on the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) Financial Offences division – VII in Bhubaneswar.
Whereas President’s Hearth Service Medal for Gallantry was awarded to 4 firemen of Odisha Hearth Service, the Hearth Service Medal for Meritorious Service was conferred on two personnel of State fireplace division.
A courageous battle
On September 9, 2020, Debasis Sethy superior in the direction of the Maoist camp in Kalahandi district amid heavy firing from ultras. He sustained 3 bullet accidents however continued to retaliate.
Sudhir went contained in the camp and was outnumbered. However he didn’t step again and stored preventing the ultras forcing them to flee. 5 Maoists have been neutralised within the operation.