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Kirti Chakra for Lohit Sonowal posthumously

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, May 2 � An Assam Police Inspector and a CRPF trooper were today posthumously honoured with the Kirti Chakra � the second highest peacetime gallantry award � along with a Naib Subedar of the Army for their acts of bravery in anti-terrorist and anti-Naxal operations, reports PTI.

Constable Bhrigu Nandan Choudhary of the CRPF and Inspector Lohit Sonowal of Assam Police were awarded the Kirti Chakra by President Pranab Mukherjee for their actions in anti-Naxal operations in Bihar and anti-terrorist operations in Assam respectively.

Inspector Sonowal received the award for killing two ULFA terrorists in Tinuskia district of Assam in an operation on April 19 last year.

Constable Bhrigu Nandan Choudhary of CRPF�s 205 Cobra Battalion was given the award posthumously for his role in foiling a Naxal attack in Gaya in Bihar on September 8, 2012 in which six Left-wing extremists were killed.

The third recipient of Kirti Chakra, Naib Subedar Bhupal Singh Magar of 5/5 Gorkha Rifles, got the award for eliminating two terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir last year while guarding the Line of Control (LoC).

A resident of Rupendehi district of Nepal, Magar received the award for killing two terrorists from a heavily-armed group of ultras on the LoC with Pakistan on August 31 last year in Kupwara district.

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