An Indian peacekeeper, Late Jitender Kumar, an Indian Police Officer is among the 119 military, police and civilian personnel will be honoured with this year’s prestigious UN medal called Dag Hammarskjöld Medal this year for courage and sacrifice in line of duty posthumously.
It is an award given posthumously to members of United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operations who have lost their life while serving in peacekeeping operations
Police Officer Late Jitender Kumar laid down his life while serving in the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO).
He will be honoured posthumously with the Dag Hammarskjold Medal on Friday as the world organisation observes the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers.
This award was established in 22 July 1997 by UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution 1121, adopted on occasion of 50th anniversary of peacekeeping.
‘Dag Hammarskjöld Medal’ is named afer the second Secretary-General of the United Nations who died in a plane crash in 1961 while en route to cease-fire negotiations during Congo Crisis. The family of Dag Hammarskjöld in 1998 was the first recepient of this medal.
It would be collected by India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin, on behalf of the fallen Indian peacekeeper at a solemn ceremony at the UN in New York.
India is the 4th largest contributor of uniformed personnel (Blue Helmet) to UNPKF. It is currently contributes more than 6,400 military and police police personnel to UN peace operations in West Asia, Western Sahara, Congo, Lebanon, Middla East. Abyei, Cyprus, Haiti, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.