• 03 Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak and 05 Jeevan Raksha Padak

New Delhi. 26 January 2022. On the occasion of 73rd Republic Day, 2022 Government of India has conferred 06 Jeevan Raksha Padak to ITBP personnel-

Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak

  • Sh Jahir Ahamed, Constable (GD)
  • Mohd. Hussain, Constable (GD)
  • Sh Shoukat Ali, Constable (GD)

On 18.02.2021, an information was received from a civil truck driver that 02 Army vehicles had met with an accident and rolled down into a deep gorge near India Gate location, approx 5 Kms from Murgo post Leh. On receipt of information, the rescue party of ITBP rushed to the accident site immediately along with available equipment being the first responder. The team started a search and rescue operation at the accidental site and saw that there were injured personnel inside the damaged army vehicle in the gorge. The climatic conditions were very harsh with temperatures below -30°c. Cold and chilled fast wind at the height of 15000 feet was obstructing the movement of troops. CT/GD Shoukat Ali, CT/GD Jahir Ahamed & CT/GD Mohd. Hussain who were well known and experienced with the terrain. With mountaineering skills, agility and physical toughness, all 03 jawans rappelled down in a deep dark gorge with the help of rope and recognized injured army personnel in the debris. These ITBP jawans heard the voice of whining injured army personnel, rushed toward the voice and spotted 02 Indian Army personnel named Naik A. K. Singh and Naik Rahman badly injured. The rescue team with the help of ropes and rescue equipment pulled out the injured army personnel. After the first medical Aid, both the injured personnel were immediately mobilized to army hospital. The Rescue team also retrieved 02 dead bodies of army personnel from the incident site. ITBP Jawans had shown true grit, great courage, extensive determination and a great example of professionalism in difficult terrain and harsh climate conditions they volunteered to go for the rescue mission. In recognition of exemplary courage thereby saving precious human lives, all three were awarded with the’ Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak’.

Jeevan Raksha Padak

  • Sh Pradeep Singh, Head Constable (GD)
  • Sh Satvir Singh, Head Constable (Medics)
  • Sh Vijay Singh, Constable (GD)
  • Sh Vimal Chand Shah, Inspector (GD)
  • Sh Vinod Lal, Constable (GD)

On 08.09.2020, at midnight a laborer named Manoj (Civil person), age-19 years was brought to the Medical Inspection (MI) Room of Topi dunga post, Joshimath, 1st Battalion ITBP in an unconscious state by his companions. Topi dunga is a seasonal forward post of 1st Battalion of ITBP, which lies at a height of approximately 14,698 feet in the remote area of Uttarakhand.

HC/GD (Medic) Satvir Singh carried out his initial physical investigation and the patient was immediately given oxygen, but no improvement was seen in his health and his medical condition was deteriorating. Thus, to save the precious human life, Post Commander Inspector (GD) Vimal Chand Shah, took the decision to evacuate the patient on emergency basis. A rescue operation was undertaken by a team, led by Inspector (GD) Vimal Chand Shah, consisting of the Himveers namely HC (GD/Medic) Satvir Singh, HC/GD Pradeep Singh, CT/GD Vijay Singh, CT/GD Vinod Lal. The weather was extremely cold & it was pitch dark in the night. The 8 km ascending track from Topidhunga to Khingru Dhura was quite narrow & arduous to travel but, in order to save the life of the patient, troops were ready to face all odds & challenges. He was then admitted in District Hospital, Joshimath & after due treatment, his life was saved. The ITBP Jawans have shown true grit, great courage, extensive determination and a great example of professionalism for which they have been with ‘Jeevan Raksha Padak’.

Shri Sanjay Arora, Director General, ITBP conveyed his congratulations to the officers and men for receiving medals for their sincere and dedicated services rendered to the nation.