President Ram Nath Kobind Confers Vayu Sena Medal to Wing Commander Bibhu Dutta Sk Jenamani

New Delhi: Wing Commander Bibhu Dutta SK Jenamani Flying (Pilot) is posted as Flight Commander of a frontline Mi-17 V5 Helicopter Unit has been awarded Confers Vayu Sena Medal by President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday.

Frontline Mi-17 V5 Helicopter Unit means detachments for Operation Triveni as part of Anti Naxal Task Force (ANTF) at Raipur and Jagdalpur.

As per the official release, on 10 February 2020, while operating as Det Cdr at Jagdalpur, he received requisition for an urgent evacuation of the bullet hit personnel from a live encounter site near Pamed. He quickly made two helicopters ready for the mission and analyzed the landing site in the NTRO ops room with a live feed from the UAV overflying the area.

Considering the high threat at the present site, he identified an alternate landing site and promptly got airborne. On reaching the site, he instructed the Combat Air Patrol (CAP) aircraft to confirm sanitization and scan intensely for any threat. Upon confirmation, he initiated spiral descent and landing in a safe direction considering the threat, obstructions, and winds. After landing the helicopter was held the light on wheels as the main wheels were sinking into the ground. Expeditious evacuation of a total of 08 casualties was carried out along with 02 Mrs and 01 dead bodies of Naxal.

While on the ground, he received input from the CAP aircraft that 20-30 unidentified persons present 1 Km W of the area were moving towards his helicopter. He skillfully maneuvered his helicopter to getaway in the safe direction away from the unidentified persons and the hillock near the landing site, where the presence of Naxals was confirmed. Both helicopters safely landed back at Jagdalpur.

For acts of exceptional courage, disregarding his safety in a very hostile combat zone, Wing Commander Bibhu Dutta SK Jenamani has been awarded Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry).