New Delhi, Aug 12, 2020-
The prestigious ‘Union Home Minister’s Medal for Excellence in Investigation’ for 2020 has been awarded to 121 police personnel across the country, the Ministry of Home Affairs said on Wednesday.
Those awarded include 15 officials from the Central Bureau of Investigation, 10 each from Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra Police, eight from Uttar Pradesh Police, seven each from Kerala and West Bengal Police, and the remaining from other states and Union Territories.
Of the 121 personnel, twenty-one are women. The recipients are from Constable to Deputy Commissioner of Police ranks. A total of 96 police personnel from across the country were awarded the medal last year.
The award of the medal was started in 2018 with an objective to promote high professional standards of investigation of crime and to recognise such excellence.
BIKRAMJIT SINGH BRAR FROM PUNJAB
DSP Bikramjit Singh Brar is the only officer from Punjab who figures in the list.
A ‘dabang’ and daredevil police officer, who came into the lime light as a member of the team which killed known gangster and Nabha Jailbreak mastermind Vicky Gounder, Brar was hailed as the real hero of the operation as he was the first to enter Gounder’s hideout. Gounder was killed on 25 January, 2018 in Sriganganagar, situated on the border of Punjab & Haryana.
Posted as Rajpura CIA in-charge, Brar, who was an Inspector then, due to operational skills and integrity, is counted among the blue-eyed ‘boys’ of senior Punjab Police officials.
Son of a police officer who was gunned down by militants during Punjab’s dark terrorism days, Brar is credited with arresting most of the gangsters who planned the Nabha jailbreak. A YPS Patiala passout, he is a tech-savvy officer who like staying up-to-date.
Brar was promoted as a DSP in 2018.