New Delhi/ Bhubaneswar: Martyred CRPF jawan Pradeep Kumar Panda was awarded the Kirti Chakra posthumously, by President Ramnath Kovind at an event in the Rashtrapati Bhawan here today.
Panda’s wife received the gallantry award on his behalf from the President. In a tweet, President Kovind commended the ‘exceptional bravery, raw courage, utmost dedication and commitment to duty in fighting terrorists in J&K’ displayed by him.
President Kovind presents Kirti Chakra to Shri Pradip Kumar Panda (Posthumous), Constable, 130 Battalion, CRPF. He displayed exceptional bravery, raw courage, utmost dedication and commitment to duty in fighting terrorists in J&K and made the supreme sacrifice for the nation pic.twitter.com/eeq41jSpcu
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) March 19, 2019
Notably, Panda, a resident of Liploi village in Rajgangpur of Sundargarh district and constable of 130 battalion of CRPF, was killed in a militant attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama on December 31, 2017.