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News on Odia Major Swagat Das and Profile:-
New Delhi: Odisha Pride, Major Swagat Das of 9 Sikh Light Infantry was conferred with prestigious Shaurya Chakra on Friday. “Major Swagat Das is awarded for his conspicuous act of gallantry with utter disregard to personal safety in a successful anti- terrorist operation in Goalpara district of Assam state”, the citation said. Major Swagat is from Ganjam district.
On 5 August 2012, Major Swagat during an ambush observed suspicious movement of three terrorists with weapons from the village towards the jungle. On being challenged the suspected terrorists started firing indiscriminately towards the officer and his buddy. The officer, showing utter disregard to personal safety closed in with the fleeing terrorists and with well aimed fire eliminated two dreaded terrorists, later identified as self style commander and local self style corporal of United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA).
Major Das was conferred with the seal and citation for outstanding bravery by President Pranab Mukherjee at an investiture ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan, the second ceremony held in 2014.
What is Shaurya Chakra and whom and why ?
The Shaurya Chakra is an Indian military decoration awarded for valour, courageous action or self-sacrifice while not engaged in direct action with the enemy. It may be awarded to civilians as well as military personnel, sometimes posthumously. It is the peacetime equivalent of the Vir Chakra. It is generally awarded for Counter-Insurgency operations and actions against the enemy during peace-time. It is third in order of precedence of peacetime gallantry awards and comes after the Ashoka Chakra and the Kirti Chakra. It precedes the Sena Medal. Before 1967, the award was known as the Ashoka Chakra, Class III.
Established: Established as the “Ashoka Chakra, Class III” by the President of India, 4 January 1952 (with effect from 15 August 1947). The statutes were revised and the decoration renamed on 27 January 1967.
Obverse: Circular bronze, 1-3/8 inches in diameter. In the centre, the chakra (wheel) of Ashoka, surrounded by a lotus wreath and with an ornate edge. Suspended by a straight bar suspender. The medal is named on the edge.
Reverse: For pre-1967 awards, the medal is blank in the centre, with “Ashoka Chakra” in Hindi along the upper edge on the medal and the same name in English along the lower rim, “ASHOKA CHAKRA”. On either side is a lotus design. The centre is blank, perhaps with the intent that details of the award be engraved there. There is no indication of the class on the pre-1967 awards. For the post-1967 awards, the, names are changed to “Shauryua Chakra” in Hindi above and “SHAURYA CHAKRA” below.
Ribbon: 30 mm, dark green with three 2 mm orange stripes. Dark green 6 mm, orange 2 mm, dark green 6 mm, orange 2 mm, dark green 6 mm, orange 2 mm, dark green 6 mm.
List of other SHAURYA CHAKRA 2014 Awardees :-
· SS-41220Y MAJOR AMARJEET SINGH, MECHANISED INFANTRY/ 44 ASSAM RIFLES
- IC-69663W MAJOR SWAGAT KUMAR DAS, 9 SIKH LIGHT INFANTRY
· SHRI P.R. MISHRA, DY. COMMANDANT, CENTRAL RESERVE POLICE FORCE
· AADESH KUMAR SEA I CD III (220165-A) MARCOS (E)
· 2489218Y NAIK BALWINDER SINGH, SM, PUNJAB/22 RASHTRIYA RIFLES
· IC-61469M MAJOR MANDEEP SINGH GHUMMAN, ARTILLERY/1 ASSAM RIFLES
· IC-70847F CAPTAIN SANDEEP BHARTIYA, 17 JAT REGIMENT
· 15223301M GUNNER LALLAWMZUALA, ARTILLERY/18 RASHTRIYA RIFLES
· IC-72419F CAPTAIN MAHABIR SINGH, PARA/9 PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)