President Ram Nath Kovind presented Gallantry Awards and Distinguished Service Decorations at the Defence Investiture Ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday.

Sepoy Vrahma Pal Singh of Rajput Regiment was decorated with Kirti Chakra posthumously.

On November 2017, the army launched a cordon and search operation in a village in Jammu and Kashmir on input of presence of three terrorists.

Sepoy Vrahma Pal Singh was deployed in the inner cordon. Having cleared two houses, Sepoy Vrahma Pal Singh along with his fellow rifleman moved ahead to clear the adjacent cowshed. Upon entering the completely dark cowshed he came under heavy fire from three different directions. Unmindful of his personal safety, he retaliated immediately.

All three terrorists started firing at him. In a single-handed gallant action displayed by Sepoy Vrahma Pal Singh, he provided cover fire and afforded opportunity to his fellow rifleman to extricate himself not only out of the cowshed but also kept the three terrorists engaged thus preventing their escape out of cowshed. In the ensuing firefight, he sustained bullet injuries on his chest and legs.

Despite being grievously wounded Sepoy Vrahma Pal Singh continued dominating and engaging the terrorists, which led to neutralization of one terrorist and injuring of another.

Sepoy Vrahma Pal Singh displayed heroic action and exceptional bravery leading to saving the life of his fellow rifleman and neutralization of two hardcore terrorists of Pakistan and injuring of another terrorist by making supreme sacrifice for the nation in line with highest traditions of Indian Army.