AHMEDABAD: The family of a soldier who was killed in a terrorist attack in Gujarat rejected the ‘Shauryachakra’. The family said they could not accept the award sent home by post. His father said it was tantamount to insulting his son Lance Naik Gopal Singh Badauriya, who sacrificed his life fighting terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir in 2017. Shaurya Chakra is the third highest honor in the country. The family wants it to be given with official honors at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi. The military cannot send medals by post. It’s not just about breaking the rules. It is tantamount to dishonoring the deceased soldier and his family. So the family did not accept the award, the father said.
The country’s highest awards are usually presented at a ceremony held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on January 26 as Republic Day or August 15 as Independence Day. It is watched on TV all over the world. The medal will be awarded by the President or senior officers. Father Munim Singh said that it is not right to send by post without this. In 2018, Lance Naik Gopal Singh was posthumously awarded ‘Shaurya Chakra’. It is the third highest honor after Ashoka Chakra and Kirti Chakra. He was earlier awarded the ‘Vishisht Seva Medal’ for being part of the National Security Guard commando group tasked to flush out terrorists at the Taj Hotel during the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai.