By L.S. Kipgen
Imphal, Sept. 26
Commandant Ngamlien Touthang, the commanding officer of Indian Coast Guard Ship Rajkiran (ICGS Rajkiran) has received Tatrakshak Medal (Gallantry Medal) from Rakshak Mantri (the Minister of Defence) Rajnath Singh at the “Investiture Ceremony” held on 14th September at 1700 hrs at the Coast Guard Air Station, Chennai.
The award has been given in recognition of his heroic act in rescuing 22 crew men from a burning merchant vessel SSL Kolkata on June 14, 2018 in Bay of Bengal, about 90 nautical miles from Haldia.
The decision to honour Comdt. T. Ngamlien with the highly coveted national level award was announced during the 72nd Independence Day held in New Delhi when he was posted at Haldia from where he has been shifted to Port Blair currently.
Prior to his receipt of Tatrakshak Medal, he has also received Commendation from Director General of Indian Coast Guard for his excellent service and impeccable character and integrity.
Mention may also be made that Comdt. T. Ngamlien has also been conferred the ‘Bravery Award’ which comprises memento and Rs. 1 lakh by ABP News at the latter’s annual event called ‘Jhanda Uncha Rahe Hamara’ held at The Lalit Hotel, New Delhi on August 13, 2018. The Award was handed over to him by Union Minister of Telecom, Shri Manoj Sinha and Bollywood film superstar Akshay Kumar.
Commandant Ngamlien Touthang is from Molkon village in Kangpokpi district, Manipur and is the seventh son of late Lunkholet Touthang. He joined Indian Coast Guard in 2006 as Assistant Commandant in General Duty branch. The Commandant is married to Boinu Touthang of Bijang, Churachandpur and has three sons.