Twenty-three personnel of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) have been awarded the Police Medal for Gallantry (PMG) this Independence Day. At least 20 of these have been awarded for their bravery in a face-off with China in eastern Ladakh last year.
This is the highest gallantry medal for ITBP which is involved in border security duties.
While eight personnel have been awarded PMG for gallantry action, careful planning and tactical insight and for defending the motherland at Galwan Nala on June 15, 2020, six personnel have been awarded for their bravery during the violent clash on May 18, 2020. Received a medal. In the Finger IV region. On May 18, 2020, six personnel posted near Hot Springs in Ladakh also received gallantry medals during the face-off with China.
In addition to the above, three personnel have been awarded Police Medal for Gallantry for displaying courage, grit and determination in anti-Naxal operations in Chhattisgarh.
During the face-off with Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh last year, ITBP troops fiercely responded to the advancing PLA troops and brought the situation under control. With the highest order of professional prowess, the ITBP soldiers fought shoulder to shoulder and brought the wounded soldiers to the rear.
At several locations, ITBP personnel – who have high altitude training and survival experience – put up a firm standoff of about 17 to 20 hours at midnight under extremely challenging conditions.
India and China were locked in a military standoff at several friction points in eastern Ladakh since early May last year. However, the two countries completed the withdrawal of troops and weapons from the north and south banks of Pangong Lake in February after a series of military and diplomatic talks.
Both sides are now engaged in talks to extend the process of separation to the remaining friction points.
According to military officials, each side currently has around 50,000 to 60,000 troops along the LAC in the sensitive area.