India today celebrates 59th Anniversary of Republic Day. The Government announced the award of 11 Ashok Chakra Medals . Ashok Chakra is the Highest Peacetime Gallantry Award of Republic Of India . It is Awarded for most conspicuous bravery, or some act of daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self-sacrifice otherwise than in the face of the enemy. The decoration may be awarded posthumously
The Award winners who will be honoured by The President of India on behalf of a grateful Nation on 26 January 2009 are
COLONEL JOJAN THOMAS (POSTHUMOUS)
MAJ SANDEEP UNNIKRISHNAN, NSG (POSTHUMOUS)
HAV GAJENDER SINGH, PARA, NSG (POSTHUMOUS)
HAV BAHADUR SINGH BOHRA (POSTHUMOUS)
SHRI HEMANT KARKARE (POSTHUMOUS)
SHRI A M KAMTE (POSTHUMOUS)
INSPECTOR M C SHARMA, DELHI POLICE (POSTHUMOUS)
INSPECTOR V S SALASKAR, MUMBAI POLICE (POSTHUMOUS)
ASI T G OMBALE , MUMBAI POLICE (POSTHUMOUS)
ASST COMDT PK SATPATHY, ORISSA (POSTHUMOUS)
SH R P DIENGDOH, DSP,MEGHALAYA POL (POSTHUMOUS)
Apart from 2009 awardees a total of 41 Personnel have been awarded the Ashok Chakra from 1950 till 2008 which includes 37 Army Personnel , Two Air Force Personnel, One Police Personnel (Sh Randhir Prasad Verma ) and One Civilian (Neerja Bhanot ).
We Salute these Great Personnel , who in many cases made the Supreme sacrifices for our Well being and laid down their lives to protect their Countrymen.