DEHRADUN, 5 FEBRUARY. Two sons of Uttarakhand will be honored at the Central Command Investiture Ceremony 2023. The ceremony is being held in Jabalpur on 8 Feb this year. Havildar Sonit Kumar Saini from Haridwar is being awarded the Sena Medal (Gallantry) posthumously while Havildar Bhupendra Chand from Uddham Singh Nagar is being presented with the Sena Medal. Lt. Gen. Yogendra Dimri, GOC-in-C, Central Command, Indian Army will present 12 Gallantry Awards (including the two awardees from Uttarakhand), 22 Distinguished service awards, and 16 GOC-in-C unit appreciations along with 4 Surya Command Trophies at the ceremony. Details of Awardees from Uttarakhand are as follows –
HAVILDAR SONIT KUMAR SAINI
102 ENGINEER REGIMENT
SENA MEDAL (GALLANTRY) POSTHUMOUS
Havildar Sonit Kumar Saini from Haridwar, Uttarakhand was performing the duties of the driverof a Tatra vehicle tasked for the induction of plant equipment in High Altitude Area for operationChaukas in Eastern Sector. On 24 September 21 at 1530 hours, the vehicle loaded with JCB was approaching a blind turn where an off-road civil vehicle was parked occupying a passing place. The Tatra was negotiating the blind turn when suddenly a 2.5 Ton vehicle with seven serving personnel appeared in front. The Tatra was boxed between the two vehicles on a steep slope, Havildar Sonit Kumar Saini along with co-driver Naik Gurjant Singh had to make a quick decision to save lives. Havildar Sonit Kumar Saini with complete disregard to his own safety and displaying raw courage swerved the vehicle in a controlled manner away from the oncoming vehicle and towards the 500 feet deep gorge. This brave act averted the head-on collision and saved seven lives, however, the Tatra fell into the gorge resulting in fatal casualties of both. For his act of conspicuous gallantry courage and esprit-de-corps under most challenging circumstances, Havildar Sonit Kumar Saini will be awarded ‘SENA MEDAL (GALLANTRY)
(POSTHUMOUS)’ on 08 Feb 23 at Central Command Investiture Ceremony at Jabalpur.
HAVILDAR BHUPENDRA CHAND
THE KUMAON REGIMENT, 13th BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES
SENA MEDAL (GALLANTRY)
Havildar Bhupendra Chand from Uddham Singh Nagar, Uttarakhand is being awarded at the Central Command Investiture Ceremony 2023. As part of the Company Commander’s Combat Action Team was deployed as a stop in a cordon in Ganderbal District on the night of 11 October 2021. At 0445 hours, on being challenged by the Company Commander, the terrorist opened indiscriminate fire towards the troops deployed in the open and attempted to escape towards the dense orchard. The Non-Commissioned Officer without awaiting orders quickly relocated himself to a tactically advantageous cover and brought down effective fire on the fleeing terrorists thereby channelizing him towards the designated killing ground. By displaying a very high degree of professionalism, field craft, and fire control, he then moved forward at a distance of fewer than 20 meters from the terrorist exposing himself momentarily and covering the move of the Company Commander thereby assisting him in closing in with the terrorist and neutralizing him without any harm and injury to own troops.
For the conspicuous act of gallantry and acting beyond the call of duty with utter disregard to his personal safety and high standards of fire control, Havildar Bhupendra Chand will be awarded ‘SENA MEDAL (GALLANTRY)’ on 08 Feb 23 at Central Command Investiture Ceremony at Jabalpur.