31 soldiers honoured at Southern Command investiture ceremony

5 Armymen from state given gallantry awards

As many as 31 soldiers of the Indian Army were presented with various gallantry and distinguished awards at the Southern Command Investiture Ceremony held at Jhansi Fort on Tuesday.

The awards were presented by Lieutenant General AK Singh, GOC-in-C Southern Command. Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav and many other eminent personalities including Javed Usmania, chief secretary, UP, were also present.

A press release issued by the Southern Command said, "The White Tiger Division based at Jhansi hosted the event on behalf of the Southern Command. The venue selected was symptomatic of the rich legacy of Bundelkhand, replete with saga of bravery amply exhibited by the valiant men of the Indian Army."

Among the gallantry awards winners were five soldiers from Maharashtra Maj Sameer Kapse, 6 Rashtriya Rifles from Pune, Maj Rishikesh Gadlikar, 3 Rashtriya Rifles from Ahmednagar, Capt Rishikesh Kulkarni, 5 Rajputana Rifles from Bhusawal, Sub (Retd) Subhash Ingle, 12 Maratha Light Infantry from Kolhapur and Sub Ramesh Ghule, 26 Maratha Light Infantry from Usmanabad.

"Capt Rishikesh Kulkarni was awarded with Sena Medal for his valiant act in Assam where during a fierce fire fight with the terrorists he eliminated a terrorist. Subedar Ramesh Ghule was also awarded Sena Medal for his display of bravery and inspiring leadership that resulted in elimination of a hard core terrorist in Lohit district of Arunachal Pradesh." the release said.

"It is a very proud moment for me and my family. I dedicate this award to my unit," Kapse was quoted as saying in the release.

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