The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Sunday announced the winners of the “Union Home Minister’s Special Operation Medal”. Over 390 personnel from police forces in Delhi, Maharashtra, Punjab, Kerala and Karnataka as well as personnel from NIA, CISF, NDRF and ITBP have been selected for the medal.
The medal is awarded to security forces for special operations in areas such as counter-terrorism, border operations, arms control, drug trafficking prevention and rescue operations. It was notified by the Ministry of Home Affairs in 2018 to provide State and Union Territory Police Forces, Central Police Organizations (CPOs), Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFS) and other security organizations across the country.
According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, 16 personnel of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) have been awarded medals this year. And they included senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Sonia Narang.
Regarding Narang, an official said, “Senior IPS officer Sonia Narang who took concrete action against the pan-India network of Islamic State of Khorasan Province (ISKP) during her tenure in the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has also been received by the Home Ministry. Received the Special Operations Medal.
The officer said, “Narang, a 2002 batch IPS officer, was awarded the President’s Police Medal for Meritorious Services during this year’s Republic Day for successfully resolving the 2019 Pulwama attack. He is presently posted as Additional Director in Enforcement Directorate (ED).”
Meanwhile, 260 personnel of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) have also been awarded medals this year. ITBP spokesperson Vivek Pandey said, “In recognition of their indomitable courage and devotion to duty, 260 personnel of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) were awarded the Union Home Minister’s Special Operation Medal on National Integration Day, 2021 This is for various special operations carried out by the force in Eastern Ladakh.
“This is the highest number of Union Home Minister’s Special Operations Medals on a single occasion to ITBP or any other organization,” he said. ITBP further said, “The awardees include the name of Dipam Seth, then IG, North West Frontier ITBP, who was a member of the Indian delegation for 10 rounds of Senior Supreme Military Commander (SHMC) level talks.”