Omar Gives Gallantry Award to Jailed ‘Encounter Specialist’ Cop

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JAMMU: Arrested Sub-Inspector and ‘encounter specialist’ of J&K Police Shiv Krishan Sharma was presented Sher-e-Kashmir Police Medal for Gallantry in ‘absentia’ by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah at SKICC (Sher-e-Kashmir International Conference Centre) in Srinagar on Wednesday evening.

The decorated police officer, who is also the recipient of President’s police medal for gallantry, is under the police custody in Doda since June 4, 2013.

He along with his bodyguard identified as Mohd Ayub were arrested by the police in connection with the grenade blast outside Thathri police station in Doda on April 27-28.

The name of the Sub-Inspector, popularly known as Sonu, first figured during the interrogation of five arrested militants in connection with the grenade blast. The police are still investigating the case.

According to the official handout released by the State Information department, “Shiv Krishan (SI) was presented Sher-e-Kashmir Police Medal for Gallantry by the Chief Minister at a special ceremony at SKICC on Wednesday evening”.

The decorated police officer had earned out of turn promotions and numerous other gallantry awards in recognition of his services in the counter-insurgency operations in the State. According to police, he was instrumental in the killing of over 70 dreaded militants in the Doda belt.

The gallantry medals were awarded to the 104 police personnel in recognition of different gallantry actions performed from 2002 to 2011 at various places in the State. The Chief Minister also presented Sher-e-Kashmir Police Medals for meritorious service to various police officers during the ceremony. (By Mohit Kandhari)

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