Jawan who stood between fidayeen, Indian consulate in Afghanistan gets DG Insignia

Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) jawan Jitendra Singh Yadav who fought terrorists at the Indian consulate in northern Afghanistan last year was awarded with DG Insignia and Commendation on Saturday at the ITBP centre here, though many believe he should have got the President Police Medal Gallantry.

The 33-year-old jawan was guarding the main gate of the consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan, when a fidayeen attack took place on January 3, 2016. He engaged the three terrorists and injured two of them.

Other recipients of awards at Saturday’s function said he should have got the President’s medal and his case needed to be pursued properly.

Terrorists had launched the attack at 8:25pm, 25 minutes after the shift changed. Yadav, who hails from Jharkhand, was equipped with two grenades, a light machine gun and INSAS rifle. The terrorists attacked with rocket launchers, while Yadav relied on his INSAS rifle.

“Two of the three terrorists were injured and the third one came to their rescue and dragged them inside an abandoned German consulate. The gunfight continued for the next 27 hours,” said Yadav.

“I am happy that I saved 43 lives in the Indian consulate. But, I was told that if I had failed in foiling the attack, I could have faced an inquiry,” he said.

Yadav kept the terrorist engaged and alerted the Afghan police. There was no casualty on the Indian consulate side. Afghan forces took over the operation and killed the terrorists. They had blamed Pakistan for the attack. The attack had come at the same time when Indian forces were battling Jaish-E-Mohammad terrorists in Pathankot.

Yadav, who joined ITBP in 2004, is at present posted as constable (general duty) at Dehradun.

HS Goraya, IG, who had come to felicitate the ITBP personnel, said, “I am not aware of his case. There are others who decide about the awards.”

Yadav did not complain, but he appeared upset. “I will put up my case before my unit again,” he said.

‘Modi motivated me to construct 57 toilets in my village’

Havildar Vikas Thakur, 42, of Paonta Sahib in Sirmaur district in Himachal Pradesh, was awarded with DG Insignia and Commendation as he helped in construction of 57 toilets in his village. He had joined ITBP in 1994. “PM Modi motivated me. My village is now open defecation-free. I contributed Rs 57,000 for 57 poor families,” said Thakur. After Thakur, others followed and contributed for the toilets.

Himachal government had also felicitated him last year. Currently, he is posted at Dehradun.

Constable Amit Chauhan, 28, contributed in rescue efforts at Hemkunth in Uttarakhand during the 2013 floods. Along with other personnel, they constructed a bridge which helped in rescuing 5,000-6,000 people. He was also felicitated at ITBP centre here. A native of Uttarakhand, he is currently posted at Joshimath in the state.


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