Ministry of Defence today rejected a newspaper report in which it was claimed that 25 thousand soldiers of the Indian Army have returned their Shaurya Chakra medals in solidarity with farmers’ protest.
“A regional language newspaper, in its report, published on December 15, 2020, claimed that 25,000 awardees of Shaurya Chakra have returned the medals in support of the farmers’ agitation. This is completely false, utterly baseless and malicious in nature and aimed at damaging reputation, honour and pride of our valiant defence forces,” said Ministry of Defence in its press release.
Ministry of defence further said, “In fact, between 1956 to 2019, the actual number of Shaurya Chakras awarded stood at 2,048. Media is advised to exercise caution, verify facts and desist from publishing such blatantly false and malicious news”.
Claim: Prajasakti newspaper has claimed that 25000 soldiers of the #IndianArmy have returned their Shaurya Chakra medals in solidarity with farmers' protest.#PIBFactCheck: This news is false. Only 2048 #ShauryaChakra have been awarded from 1956 till 2019. pic.twitter.com/9HcZYrqXqa— PIB Fact Check (@PIBFactCheck) December 15, 2020