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Mar 25, 2013 at 10:13am IST

Britain to honour Indian-origin navy officer for taking on al Qaeda

Imphal: A young Manipuri, serving as a Lieutenant in the British Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service, Khwairakpam Robin Singh, will receive the Star of Gallantry and the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross from the United Kingdom, for his exceptional bravery in week long fierce battle against the Al Qaeda in interior Afghanistan in 2011. The 27-year-old lead scout was part of a 47 member special force team, including 40 commandos, called in as a reinforcement to fight the Al Qaeda.

Singh's parents, Sanajaoba and Memcha are very proud of their achiever son. "I told him - 'you're the junior-most in the family and since no one is at home, don't go away'. He went away saying - 'Mother, don't worry, everyone has to die, whether at home or not'. Now he has got this award. I'm really happy," said Memcha, Robin's mother.

"He always loved the active service and doing what he likes the most, he is being awarded by the UK government. I am very happy," said Sanajaoba, Robin's Father. But even in the face of global recognition, braveheart Robin Singh remains rooted. He is very aware of the problems insurgency-hit Manipur faces.

Lt Singh has been away from service pending an enquiry since April 2012 after a Royal Maritime Helicopter crashed in Iraq. Now he will receive the Gallantry Award from the British government on 19th June. To add to the success his suspension has been cancelled and he has been asked to rejoin the service.

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