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Meghalaya cop R P Diengdoh

January 26, 2009

Among the 11 personnel to receive the medals at the Parade were Meghalaya Police officer R P Diengdoh, whose Ashok Chakra was announced on Independent Day eve last year.

Diengdoh was conferred the medal posthumously for his acts of bravery in November 2007, when he joined an operation to neutralise 10 armed militants holed up in the state's jungles.

Diengdoh volunteered to lead the police party in the operations against the militants and reached the site the next day just before dawn. The assault team charged into the camp to flush out the militants, who opened heavy fire.

Diengdoh boldly returned the fire and shot dead one militant. However, he was hit by a bullet. Unmindful of the grave injury, he continued to lead the team and managed to capture two dreaded militants.

Image: Police personnel take position during an encounter.
Photograph: Reuters/Amit Gupta

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