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January 26th, 2012
Ashok Chakra on 63rd Republic Day

Lieutenant Navdeep Singh, a young army commando who died fighting terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir has been conferred Ashok Chakra, the country’s highest peacetime gallantry medal, by President Pratibha Patil on Thursday to mark India’s 63 Republic Day.

Along with Navdeep Singh, the president also named Lt Col Kamaldeep Singh of Rajputana Rifles, Captain Ashutosh Kumar of Rajputana Rifles and Lt Sushil Khajuria of Grenadiers were named for Kirti Chakra, the second highest peacetime gallantry medal.

Of the three Kirti Chakra awardees for their acts of bravery in fighting terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir, Lt Sushil Khajuria was named for the medal posthumously.

The president also named another 16 security personnel for Shaurya Chakra, the third highest gallantry medal during peacetime.