2 Indian peacekeepers to be honoured posthumously with UN medal
New Delhi, May 21: Two Indian peacekeepers will be among 117 military, police and civilian personnel to be honoured with a prestigious UN medal awarded posthumously for their courage and sacrifice in the line of duty.
Rifleman Brijesh Thapa who served with the UN Organisation Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Private Ravi Kumar who was deployed with the UN Interim Force in Lebanon will be honoured with the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal on the International Day of UN Peacekeepers to be observed on Wednesday.
India is the largest cumulative troop contributor, having provided almost 200,000 troops in nearly 50 of the 71 peacekeeping missions mandated over the past six decades, including 13 of the current 16 missions. So far, about 168 Indian troops have made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty under the UN Flag.
India currently deploys more than 7,600 military and police personnel to UN peace operations in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Lebanon, Liberia, the Middle East, South Sudan, Sudan and the Western Sahara.
Permanent Representatives to the UN will collect the medals on behalf of the fallen peacekeepers.