Three policemen stripped of gallantry awards


New Delhi:  Gallantry medals given to three policemen have been withdrawn after they were found to be involved in corruption and other cases, a Union home ministry official said on Friday.

The three men are Dharmendra Choudhary, former Madhya Pradesh additional superintendent of police (ASP), Punjab Police sub-inspector Gurmeet Singh and Jharkhand Police sub- inspector Lalit Kumar. The medal given to Choudhary was withdrawn for allegedly orchestrating a fake encounter, he said.

Gurmeet Singh was convicted in a murder case and given life imprisonment in 2006. Lalit Kumar was found to be involved in corruption cases, the official said.

According to guidelines issued by the home ministry, the gallantry medal is withdrawn when the awardee is convicted by any court of law for such an act or conduct involving moral turpitude which brings the police force into disrepute or awardee is dismissed from service for similar act. PTI

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