Independence Day awards(August 15, 2000), Indian Airforce
Independence Day awards 2001
Prime Minister A.B.Vajpayee is welcomed by the three services chiefs as he arrives for Independence Day celebrations at the Red Fort in Delhi.
NEW DELHI, Aug 15, 2000(taken from "The Tribune"): One Mahavir Chakra, two Kirti Chakras, three Vir Chakras and 22 Shaurya Chakras are among the 139 gallantry awards announced for armed forces personnel on the occasion of the Independence Day.
The President has also approved 108 mention-in despatches to recognise exemplary performance in Operation Vijay, Operation Rakshak and Operation Meghdoot.
Mahavir Chakra has been awarded to Capt Gurjinder Singh Suri of 12 Bihar who laid down his life on November 9, 1999, after displaying extraordinary leadership, raw courage and grit when militants attacked a forward defended locality in the Gulmarg sector of Kashmir.
The officer who belonged to Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh was hit by a rocket propelled grenade but refused to be evacuated and continued to fight the militants. Seventeen militants of the Mujahideen battalion were killed, two of them by Capt Suri.
Maha Vir Chakra Capt Gurjinder Singh Suri*
Major Deepak Mehra Capt Amit Semwal*
Vir Chakra Major Gopal Singh Chundawat Sub Ujeen Singh Shekhawat* Jawan Manoj Kumar Singh*
Shaurya Chakra Lt Col Ajit Bhandarkar* Major M.C. Muthana* Major Harmeet Singh Sidhu Major B.S. Rathore Capt A. Narendran Nair Capt Aditya Srivastava Sub Ram Bahadur Thapa Sub Khushal Singh Sub Dalip Singh* Sub Ved Prakash* Hav Zile Singh Hav Jagdev Singh* Hav Bhinwa Raj* Lance Hav Tara Bahadur* Lance Naik Ranjodh Singh* Jawan T.M. Morotrao* Rifleman Suraj Mal* Gunner Suresh Chand Lt Varun Singh Vijay Singh Rawat Sqn Ldr Santosh Kumar Ebenezer Umesh Rabha*
Yuddh Seva Medal Col Kunwar Shiv Pratap Singh
Sena Medal(Bar) Lt Col Dinesh Kumar Bishnoi Capt Sukhbir Singh
Sena Medal (gallantry) Col Satish Kumar Bhardwaj Col Shravan Kumar Patyal Col Kashmir Singh Rana Major Dharam Pal Singh Raghava Major Devendra Singh Mankoti Major Lav Mohan Joshi Major Sarabjit Singh Bakshi Major Danvir Singh Major Digvijay Singh Sumal* Major H.S Sree Krishna Kumar Major George Poulose Major Gaurav Major Anuj Lal Maini Major Narinder Dagar Major Karan Singh Major Himanshu Sawant Capt Pranjeet Goel Capt Surjeet Singh Capt Tejinder Singh Bawa Capt Tejinder Pal Singh Sohal Capt Pingili Himavanth Reddy Capt Milan Vinayak Nalawade Capt Kailash Sagar Capt Kumar Ankur Capt Shailesh Rialch* Capt Pushpinder Singh Sandhu Capt Rajiv Chaudhary Lieut Pramod R. Ambasana Lieut Prateek Acharya* Lieut Manoharan T. Lieut Devashishdikshit Sub Sukhdev Singh Sub Balbir Singh* Sub Uttam Singh Sub Raj Bahadur Singh* Sub Joginder Singh Sub Ranjit Singh Rana Sub Aler Singh Naib Sub Joginder Singh Naib Sub Ramasamy Arumugam Naib Sub Bhakta Hari Das Naib Sub Mohd Idress Khan Naib Sub Pirtha Bahadur Chhetri Company Hav Major Madhan Chand Hav Padmeswar Saikia Hav Purna Bahadur Thapa Hav Ram Singh Shekhawat* Hav Bharat Singh* Hav Hira Singh Hav Matikumar Shrestha Naik Shingara Singh Naik Ashok Bhimappa Jadav* Naik Rajender Singh* Naik Gulzar Singh* Naik Rashpal Singh* Lance Naik Mast Ram Lance Naik Ramulu Lance Naik Mangaloor Mallappa Lance Naik Maske Bharat Baban* Lance Naik Nachhattar Singh Lance Naik Rajendra Singh Lance Naik Ram Dular Yadav* Lance Naik Vakil Kumar Singh Lance Naik Sikander Singh Lance Naik Bishwa Ram Kuwar Jawan Ashok Kumar* Jawan Jaswant Singh Jawan Jasbir Singh* Jawan Nachhattar Singh Jawan Balihar Singh* Jawan Jadhav Jagannath Changdeo* Jawan Sudeer B.K* Jawan Sake Sachindra Savalaram* Jawan Joginder Singh* Jawan Shamsher Singh Jawan Rameshchandra Singh* Jawan Jagat Singh* Jawan Jagat Singh Jawan Ram Singh* Jawan Bhosle Pradip Shankar Rao* Jawan Charanjit Singh Jawan Sanjay Kumar Kalichand Wakchaure Craftsman Parveen Kumar* Rifleman Krishan Singh Rifleman Rama Nand Rifleman Yogendra Singh* Rifleman Sundar Singh Rifleman Padam Bahadur Ghale* Rifleman Ujjar Singh Rana Rifleman Anter Singh* Rifleman Khazir Mohd Bhat Rifleman Mohd Sayeed Rifleman Chuni Lal Rifleman Narinder Singh Gill Sowar Prem Lal Sowar Nagar Mal Saini* Gunner Chhote Lal Singh*
Nao Sena Medal Lt Cdr Utpal Datta Lt Dharambir Singh Sihag* Lt Mahattam Ram Lt Mahavir Singh* Lt Kundan Singh Majgaine
Vayu Sena Medal Sqn Ldr Prashant Eknath Patange Sqn Ldr Kailash Gurao Flt Lt Rajat Saha