Indian Peacekeeper to be honoured posthumously by UN

New Delhi: An Indian peacekeeper is among the 119 military, police and civilian personnel who will be honoured with a prestigious UN medal this year for courage and sacrifice in the line of duty.

Police Officer Jitender Kumar made the supreme sacrifice while serving in the UN Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO).

He will be honoured posthumously with the Dag Hammarskjold Medal on Friday as the world organisation observes the International Day of UN Peacekeepers.

India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin would collect the medal on behalf of the fallen Indian peacekeeper at a solemn ceremony at the UN in New York.

While India is the fourth largest contributor of uniformed personnel to the UN peacekeeping, it also leads the figures as the number peacekeepers lost in various UN peacekeeping operations in the last 70 years.

India currently contributes more than 6,400 military and police personnel to the UN peace operations in Abyei, Cyprus, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Lebanon, the Middle East, South Sudan and Western Sahara.

Of the 3,737 peacekeepers who have died since 1948, 163 have been from India.

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