A Central Industrial Security Force jawan who «overpowered» his armed colleague after the latter allegedly killed four personnel at a power plant located in Bihar in 2017 has been awarded the Police Medal for Gallantry (PMG) on the occasion of 74th Republic Day.
Officials said this is one of the rare times when a PMG has been given to a personnel who showed courage to end a fragging incident.
Head constable (HC) Rajesh Singh was posted at the Nabinagar Power Generation Company Ltd (NPGCL) in Bihar’s Aurangabad district on January 12, 2017, when his fellow constable Balveer Singh allegedly opened fire from his rifle and killed four colleagues.
Constable Balveer Singh reached the rooftop of the new barracks on the campus and was «challenged» by Rajesh Singh, who was unarmed, the CISF said in a statement.
«Knowing that constable Balveer Singh was in a fit of rage and had a deadly assault weapon with him and it could result in loss of his life, Rajesh Singh with sheer sense of determination and to save human lives, confronted Balveer Singh and snatched the INSAS rifle and threw it, thus disarming him,» the force said. He also overpowered constable Balveer Singh and pinned him to the ground, who was later handed over to the local police, the CISF said.
Police Medal for Gallantry -01
President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service -03.
Police Medal for Meritorious Service -24.
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The force said Rajesh Singh’s «act of valour and courage» saved many precious lives, at a time when others were running to save their lives.
The PMG, his citation said, is being awarded for his «conspicuous gallant action, courage and devotion to duty during major indiscriminate firing incident while he was posted at CISF unit NPGCL Nabinagar at the time of incident.»
Head constable Rajesh Singh is currently posted at the CISF unit that guards the ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) in Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow.
The CISF unit is deployed at the NPGCL, a wholly-owned subsidiary of NTPC Limited, to provide it with an anti-terror cover from Maoists and similar extremist elements.
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