New Delhi: The Union home ministry has for the first time awarded 20 personnel of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) gallantry awards for showing exemplary bravery during clashes with Chinese troops in the Eastern Ladakh sector of Galwan Nalla and Finger IV region in May and June last year. A total of 628 Gallantry Medal have been awarded to police personnel of Central and State forces on the occasion of Independence Day.
Twenty-three ITBP personnel have been awarded the Police Medal for Gallantry out of which 20 have been awarded for their bravery in the clash with Chinese PLA troops. This is the largest number of gallantry medals received by ITBP, which is deployed along the Indo-China border.
Eight of these ITBP soldiers have been given the Gallantry Medal for fighting the PLA troops in the Galwan Nalla area on June 15 last year while six others have been awarded the medal for their bravery during the clash on May 18 last year in the Finger IV area.