Uttar Pradesh Police (UPP) officers and personnel did not figure in the list of President’s Police Medal for Gallantry (PPMG) awardees announced by the Union government for the second consecutive year.
Out of 177 policemen selected for PPMG this year, no one from UP has been awarded the highest police medal for bravery. In 2017 too, UP Police failed to get any PPMG.
As per a release, DGP OP Singh, DGs HC Awasthi and RP Singh, five DySPs and 801 non-gazetted officials have received President’s Medal for Outstanding and Distinguished Services this year.
Besides, 951 policemen have received Presidents Medal for Distinguished Services.
On the occasion of Independence Day, DGP OP Singh also announced medals for Distinguished and Outstanding Services to 250 UP Police officials.
Meanwhile, keeping the tradition of setting free aged convicts on the occasion of Independence Day, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath directed officials to release 73 prisoners lodged in different jails of the state on August 15 this year. “The Chief Minister has directed the release of 73 prisoners, who despite serving their sentence, are still lodged in jails for failing to deposit fines. Necessary directives have been issued to officials concerned for their release,” said Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Kumar Awasthi.
“The 73 prisoners who will be released on Thursday are presently lodged in jails in Meerut, Kanpur, Moradabad, Aligarh, Bareilly, Hamirpur, Chitrakoot, Sultanpur, Mirzapur, Varanasi, Mathura, Ayodhya, Agra, Orai, Unnao, Hardoi, Fatehgarh, Lucknow, Kannauj, Sitapur, Gonda, Sonbhadra, Jhansi, Ghaziabad and Rae Bareli,” Awasthi added.