Village boy to Balakot hero: Meet Squadron Leader Pankaj Arvind Bhujade

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New Delhi, Aug 15: Squadron Leader Pankaj Arvind Bhujade, one of the winners of this year's Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) for his role in the Balakot air strike, initially studied in a village school in Vidarbha in Maharashtra and went on to become a frontline fighter pilot of the IAF.

Bhujade is among the five pilots who have been awarded the Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) for their role in bombing a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist training camp at Balakot in Pakistan in February.

IAF fighter jets had bombed the JeM camp in Balakot on February 26, nearly two weeks after the Pulwama terror attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel.

The defence ministry on Wednesday announced the winners of the Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) and other military awards on the eve of Independence Day celebrations.

Bhujade is a fighter pilotfrom Nagpur, according to a press release issued by the PRO of the defence ministry here.

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