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CRPF topgun gets Shaurya Chakra; max for paramilitary officer

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

CRPF Deputy Commandant and five- time gallantry medal winner P R Mishra has become the only person from paramilitary forces to have been decorated with a Shaurya Chakra this Independence day for displaying exemplary courage in anti-Naxal operations.

Mishra, a commando trained officer of the elite CoBRA unit of the paramilitary, has been shot five times by Naxalites and has a record of continuously serving in Maoist-affected areas of Jharkhand for the past nine years.

Owing to his daredevil conduct and tough task master like heroics, the officer is popularly called as 'topgun' in the force and has recently been taken on special deputation by the Jharkhand government to serve in the Naxal hotbeds of the state and boost the morale of local policemen fighting Maoists.

Mishra is the lone recipient of the coveted military medal among 10 Army, Indian Air Force and Navy personnel this time.

The Shaurya Chakra is the third highest peacetime gallantry medal.

Mishra has a track record of getting these medals for his courageous exploits in difficult areas beginning 2009.

He has been awarded the Police Medal for Gallantry in 2009, twice in 2011, 2013 and the top medal-- Presidents Police Medal for Gallantry in 2012 apart from five commendation discs for operations by CRPF Director General and four by the Jharkhand police chief.

Mishra, who made last year after being shot in a Naxal operation in Jharkhand last year and killing a dreaded Maoist cadre, recuperated in the hospital for only two months and got back to his favourite job-- counter-insurgency and jungle warfare operations.

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First Published: Fri, August 16 2013. 18:35 IST