Brahmapur, Aug 15
Captain Swagat Kumar Das of Brahmapur in Ganjam district has been chosen for the prestigious Shaurya Chakra, the gallantry award for Army bravehearts. President Pranab Mukherjee approved the award on the eve of Independence Day.
Shaurya Chakra is the third highest peacetime gallantry award for army personnel. Swagat, a captain in Sikh Light Infantry, has been honoured for his fight against Ulfa terrorists in Assam in August last year. Swagat did his Plus II from Khallikote College here before joining the National Defence Academy (NDA) in Pune.