President Kovind presents Kirti Chakra to Shri Pradip Kumar Panda (Posthumous), Constable, 130 Battalion, CRPF. He displayed exceptional bravery, raw courage, utmost dedication and commitment to duty in fighting terrorists in J&K and made the supreme sacrifice for the nation .
Pradeep among five other CRPF jawans were killed in a brazen terrorist attack in Lathpora area in Pulwama in December, 2017. Pradeep was shot dead by militants who were hiding inside the CRPF camp.
CRPF had termed Pradeep as a ‘Gallant Gem’ of the force and a ‘legendary expert of face to face gunfight’. He was awarded with Police Medal for Gallantry on Independence Day 2017 for his gallant endeavours.
The martyr is a resident of Liploi village in Rajgangpur of Sundergarh district.