Major Bhanu Chander and Major Atul Garje have been awarded the Sena Medal posthumously for maneuvering the helicopter away from civilian habitat and ensuring no loss of civilian life and property on February 2 this year.
The source said, "Unmindful of their personal safety, the officers have displayed indomitable spirit, boundless courage and exceptional degree of professionalism by their valiant act of selflessness in the duty to the nation.”
Bhanuchander Gupta is a pharmacy graduate (batch of 98’) and a gold medalist from BITS Pilani. After his graduation, Bhanu joined the Indian armed forces and began his career as a lieutenant in 2003. He was promoted as captain after three years and to the rank of a Major two months ago in recognition of his contribution in the anti-terrorist operations in Kashmir and North Eastern states. He was also a member of the World Army Peace Committee.