Three killed Indian peacekeepers to be honoured

May 25th, 2012 - 2:26 pm ICT by IANS  

New York, May 27 (IANS) Three Indians who were killed during UN peacekeeping operations will be among over 100 security personnel to be honoured at a ceremony at the UN Headquarters here.

The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers will be observed May 29 when the UN will honour more than 100 Blue Helmets who lost their lives. Commemorative activities will be held at UN Headquarters in New York, as well as at UN peacekeeping operations and offices around the world.

The 112 peacekeepers - military, police and civilians — who lost their lives in 2011 while serving with the UN as a result of hostile acts, accidents and disease, will posthumously receive the Dag Hammarskjold Medal, said a press communique.

The Indians to be honoured are: Rifleman Lundup Gailpo, who died March 24, 2011, while serving in Lebanon; Major Jaidev Singh Guleria, who died Oct 7 while serving with the UN peacekeeping mission in Congo; and police constable Pritam Singh, who died Aug 6, 2011, also in Congo.

India is currently the third largest contributor of military and police personnel to UN peacekeeping, with more than 8,100 uniformed personnel serving in nine operations - in Cote d’Ivoire, Cyprus, Congo, Haiti, Lebanon, Liberia, the Middle East, South Sudan, and Timor-Leste.

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