13/04/2015 3:54 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Rajnath Singh Announces Gallantry Award For Security Personell Killed By Naxals

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh (C), Punjab state chief minister Parkash Singh Badal (2R) and Border Security Force (BSF) Director General DK Pathak (L) walk during the closing ceremony for the Camel Safari expedition in Amritsar on March 22, 2015. In a joint venture by the BSF and Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF), 20 women are participating in the expedition which is a part of the BSF's Golden Jubilee celebrations. The expedition started from Bhuj in the state of Gujarat and will culminate at India-Pakistan Wagah border post on March 22, after travelling some 2300 kms. AFP PHOTO / NARINDER NANU (Photo credit should read NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI — Government has decided to confer gallantry awards on the security personnel who sacrificed their lives in the recent Naxal attacks in Chhattisgarh and said it would also extend benefits to their kin.

"We have decided to give them the gallantry award. We have also finalised other facilities to be given (to their family members). We will make a proper announcement as soon as possible," Home Minister Rajnath Singh told reporters here.

"Paying tribute to the security personnel killed in Chhattisgarh, he said, "I salute the courage of jawans who sacrificed their lives."

Seven STF personnel were killed and a dozen others injured in an ambush by Naxals on Saturday in the forests around Pidmel village in the Polampalli area, around 450-km from state capital Raipur.

In a separate attack, the third by them since Saturday, Maoist rebels last night killed a BSF jawan in Chhattisgarh's Kanker district.

The ultras yesterday also allegedly set ablaze at least 17 vehicles engaged in mining work in Naxal-hit Kanker district, 140-km from here. However, nobody was hurt in that strike.

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