21 of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are abandoned and bearthe names of distinguished troops

The government has given the names of 21 uninhabited islands in the union territory of
Andaman & Nicobar to people who have won the Param Vir Chakra, which is the nation’s
highest distinction for valour in battle. Speaking to PTI, Andaman and Nicobar Islands MP
Kuldeep Rai Sharma praised the decision made by the Centre to name the 21 islands in
cooperation with the Defense and the local government after decorated troops.
The first uninhabited island in the North and Middle Andamans designated “INAN370,”
bears Major Somnath Sharma’s name. In the future, “INAN370” will be called “Somnath
Dweep.” He was awarded the Param Vir Chakra for the first time. While dealing with
Pakistani spies close to Srinagar Airport, Sharma died. The Andaman administration and the
Defense Ministry honoured Subedar and Honorary Captain Karam Singh by renaming
another deserted island with the number “INAN308” after him as “Karam Singh Dweep.”
Karam Singh served in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1947 and was given the Param Vir Chakra.
Likewise, Major Rama Raghoba Rane, Naik Jadunath Singh, Company Havildar Major Piru
Singh Shekhawat, Captain Gurbachan Singh Salaria, Lieutenant Colonel Dhan Singh Thapa
Magar, Subedar Joginder Singh Sahnan, Major Shaitan Singh Bhati, Company Quartermaster
Havildar Abdul Hamid, Lieutenant Colonel Ardeshir Burzorji Tarapore, Lance Naik Albert
Ekka, Colonel Hoshiar Singh Dahiya, Second Lieutenant Arun Khetarpal, Flying Officer
Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon, Major Ramaswamy Parameswaran, Captain Bana Singh, Captain
Vikram Batra, Captain Manoj Kumar Pandey and Subedar Major Sanjay Kumar – After the
islands were named in their honour, all Param Vir Chakra awardees received honours.

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