2 RPF constables to get Railway Minister’s bravery medal

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New Delhi: Names of two railway protection force (RPF) constables from the East Coast Railway have been nominated for Railway Minister’s medal for bravery for the year 2017.

According to reports, RPF constables Ravikant Singh and late Pantla Sambasiva have been nominated for the prestigious award for their exceptional courage in fighting the Naxal elements.

Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal will give a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh each to the nearest kin of Sambasiva and Singh for their contribution towards maintaining smooth train operation in the Naxal affected area where several cases of arson, sabotage and derailment have been reported during their tenure since 2015 till date.

Both of them were deployed for crime prevention and intelligence collection duty at Bacheli railway yard in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh.

While performing duties in Bacheli yard on November 8, 2017, they noticed three outsiders on the track and confronted and commanded them to leave the railway yard. However, the trio suddenly attacked them. In this brave and courageous fight, P. Sambasiva lost his life. Constable Ravikant Singh managed to run to the Bacheli station to report the incident and to get additional support and help.

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