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First lady officer receives gallantry award in Indian Army


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HISAR (PTI): Major Mitali Madhumita became the first lady officer to receive a gallantry award in the Indian Army on Friday.

She was honoured along with 21 Army personnel for acts of bravery and distinguished service at Military Station here during the South Western Command Investiture Ceremony.

Madhumati became the first lady officer to get Sena Medal (Gallantry) in the Indian Army, a defence spokesman said.

Two Yudh Seva medals, nine Sena medals (Gallantry), two Sena medals (Distinguished) and eight Vishisht Seva medals were presented by Gen Officer Commanding-in-Chief, South Western Command Lt Gen SK Singh.

Sepoy Jagtar Singh of the Punjab Regiment was awarded Sena Medal (Gallantry) posthumously, the spokesman said.

His wife Ranjit Kaur received the award on his behalf.

The soldier was martyred on June six, 2009 in an anti-terrorist operation in Kupwara, Jammu and Kashmir.

Sepoy Purna Limboo was also awarded Sena Medal (Gallantry) for displaying exemplary coverage during a search operation in Kulgam, Jammu and Kashmir wherein he successfully eliminated terrorists, while under heavy fire.

Speaking on the occasion, the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, lauded all the soldiers for their exemplary dedication and devotion to duty and upholding the highest traditions of Indian Army.

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