STATE TIMES NEWSNew Delhi: CRPF officer Naresh Kumar was on Friday awarded yet another gallantry medal, his seventh in the last four years, for leading his troops in an operation that resulted in the killing of three terrorists who attacked a security force camp near the Srinagar airport in 2017.The assistant commandant, 35, who joined the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in 2013, has been decorated with the “6th bar to Police Medal for Gallantry” on the eve of the Independence Day.“I am elated with the news of the latest medal. I wish to keep serving my country and this is what I donned my uniform for,” Kumar, who is now posted in Delhi, told PTI.The CRPF, country’s largest paramilitary force with over 3.25 lakh personnel, has bagged the second highest 55 gallantry medals this time after 81 of Jammu and Kashmir Police. The lead internal security force bagged the most bravery medals among the paramilitary forces.Kumar, who hails from Hoshiarpur in Punjab, was first awarded with a gallantry medal in 2017 and has been heading the elite quick action team (QAT) of the central force in the Kashmir Valley till recently.“I joined Kashmir as soon as I passed out from the academy. I wish to go back to Kashmir on posting again,” he said.
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