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SOURCE: AFI

In a poignant tribute to bravery and sacrifice, two Border Security Force (BSF) jawans, Head Constable Shishupal Singh and Head Constable Sanwala Ram Vishnoi, have been posthumously awarded the prestigious President’s Medal for Gallantry. Their outstanding contribution to the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) will forever be etched in the annals of Indian peacekeeping history.

As members of the 15th Congo Contingent of BSF stationed at the Moroccan Rapid Deployment Battalion (MORRDB) Camp in Butembo, Singh and Vishnoi embodied the spirit of selfless service and unwavering courage. On July 25, 2022, while on a peacekeeping mission in Beni, Congo, they faced a situation of imminent danger, demonstrating exemplary valor and making the ultimate sacrifice in the process.

Their commitment to duty and the cause of peace extended beyond borders and national boundaries. Their service earned them the utmost respect and admiration from their fellow peacekeepers and the local communities they sought to protect. Recognizing their immense contribution, the United Nations posthumously awarded them the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal, a poignant reminder of their dedication to the ideals of global peace and security.

The sacrifice of Singh and Vishnoi serves as a powerful symbol of Indian resilience and commitment to global peace. Their unwavering courage and devotion to duty inspire future generations of peacekeepers and stand as a testament to the vital role India plays in international peacekeeping efforts.

While their physical presence is deeply missed, the memory of their heroism lives on. The President’s Medal for Gallantry and the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal are not merely decorations; they are badges of honor, worn with pride by their families and fellow BSF personnel. Their story serves as a beacon of hope and inspiration, reminding us of the power of courage and the enduring legacy of those who dedicate their lives to serving humanity.