First published: January 25, 2017, 6:47 PM IST | Updated: 2 mins ago
New Delhi: The Indian government has decided to honour the soldiers that carried out the surgical strikes across the border with gallantry medals on the Republic Day.
Major Mohit Suri, of 4 Para which took part in surgical strikes, will be conferred with Kirti Chakra, and Shaurya Chakra will be conferred on five other personnel whop took part in across the border raids.
In total there are 15 soldiers who will be honoured.
The step is likely to boost the morale of the forces.
Also, Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi and Lt Gen P M Hariz, who were superseded by Gen Bipin Rawat in the race for Army chief chief, awarded Param Vishisht Seva Medal.
On September 18, 2016, four terrorists belonging to the Pakistani jihadi group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) struck at an Indian Army camp in Uri.
The resultant impact of the Uri incident, which led to the death of 19 army soldiers, was not the only provocation that hardened the government’s resolve and it was forced to move beyond standard reactions.
The Army’s action against terrorist launch pads was a result of a build-up of terrorist attacks that had been emanating from across the Line of Control (LoC). This was reinforced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who indicated that those responsible for the Uri attack would not go unpunished.
The response was in the form of a cross-border raid on Pakistani posts to avenge the Uri attack. The raids took place on September 29.