New Delhi/Nagpur: Ahead of the 74th Republic Day celebrations, a total of 901 police personnel have been awarded Police medals, the Ministry of Home Affairs announced on Wednesday. 140 have been awarded the Police Medal for Gallantry (PMG), 93 have received the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service (PPM) and the Police Medal for Meritorious Service (PM) has been awarded to 668. Out of the 140 Police Medal for Gallantry recipients, 16 have been awarded posthumously.
From Maharashtra, 31 police personnel have been awarded Police Medal for Gallantry, four have been awarded President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service and 39 police personnel received Police Medal for Meritorious Service.
Police Inspector (Nagpur Rural) Omprakash Gangadhar Kokate has been awarded the Police Medal for Meritorious Service.
The Police Medal for Gallantry is awarded for conspicuous acts of bravery in saving lives, and property, preventing crime or arresting criminals. The President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service is given for outstanding service in the police force, and the Police Medal for Meritorious Service is awarded for notable service marked by resourcefulness and dedication to duty.
Among the majority of the 140 Gallantry Awards, 80 personnel from Left Wing Extremism affected areas and 45 personnel from Jammu & Kashmir region are being awarded for their gallant action. Among the personnel receiving Gallantry Awards, 48 are from CRPF, 31 are from Maharashtra, 25 are from J&K Police, 09 are from Jharkhand, 07 are each from Delhi, Chhattisgarh & BSF and the remaining from the other States/UTs and CAPFs.