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Four Indian Peacekeepers, civilian to be honored posthumously

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Venue and Date: United Nations and May 15

Four Indian peace keepers and a civilian, who sacrificed their lives while serving in the UN peacekeeping operations in the year 2015 to be honored posthumously

  • They will be honored along with other 124 personnel
  • Four Indian peacekeepers honored with Dag Hammarskjold Medal

FOUR INDIAN PEACEKEEPERS

  1. Head Constable Shubhkaran YadavDag Hammarskjold Medal
  2. Rifleman Manish Malik
  3. Havildar Amal Deka
  4. Rakesh Kumar

CIVILIAN

  1. Gagan Punjabi

Shubhkaran Yadav

Assisted the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) and he gave the supreme sacrifice in April 2015

Manish Malik

Involved in the UN Organization Stabilization Mission, died in August 2015

Havildar Amal Deka Naik

Assisted the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) died in June 2015

Rakesh Kumar

Served in the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) died in January 2015

Gagan Punjabi

Served in MONUSCO in a civilian capacity under the UN Volunteers programme and died in an incident in January 2015

International Day of UN Peacekeepers

  • Observed annually on May 29, will be commemorated this year on May 19
  • UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will start the commemoration by laying a wreath to honors all fallen peace keepers
  • He will preside over a ceremony at which the medals will be awarded posthumously to 129 military, police and civilian personnel who lost their lives while serving in peacekeeping operations during 2015

India has contributed nearly 180,000 troops who have served in over 44 of the 69 peacekeeping operations, including the 103-strong Indian female police unit in the UN mission in Liberia.