UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres honours Indian police officer posthumously for contribution to world body’s peacekeeping mission

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has honoured an Indian police officer with a prestigious medal for sacrificing his life during the world bodys peacekeeping mission in the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo. Jitendra Kumar was posthumously awarded the Dag Hammarskjold medal on Friday at the UN headquarters during a special tea reception hosted by Indias Permanent Mission to the UN to commemorate the International Day of UN Peacekeepers and Kumar, who is among the 119 men and women to be awarded the medal for their courage and sacrifice in the line of duty, laid down his life while serving in the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Central African country. Indias envoy to the UN Syed Akbaruddin received the award on his behalf. Remembering those who gave their all while serving @UNJitender Kumar ????Shikha Garg ????of India among nationals of 43 countries. pic.twitter.com\/vKXHtQO4bF— Syed Akbaruddin (@AkbaruddinIndia) May 7, 2019 The recipients for this years award included military and police personnel, international civil servants, national staff and UN Volunteers from 38 countries who served in 12 different UN peace operations around the world. Admiring their bravery and courage, the UN chief said, Guterres also laid a wreath to honour the fallen peacekeepers. In return, we must continue to do all we can to ensure they are as safe as possible, Noting that the missions in Mali, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, Lebanon and the Democratic Republic of the Congo The Secretary-General has given us a face that all of us can revere at the United Nations, he said. The Dag Hammarskjold medal is named after the UNs second Secretary-General who died in a plane crash in the Congo in 1961 while trying to broker a peace agreement to end the conflict in the country. India is the fourth largest contributor of uniformed personnel to UN peacekeeping. It currently contributes more than 6,400 military and police personnel to the UN peace operations in Abyei, Cyprus, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Lebanon, the Middle East, South Sudan and the Western Sahara.