Everest Climber Premlata Agrawal’s Padma Shri Award Stolen

by Suchismita Pal
Everest Climber Premlata Agrawal’s Padma Shri Award Stolen

Mountaineer Premlata Agrawal’s prestigious Padma Shri award was recently stolen from her residence in Jamshedpur, along with ₹20,000, 15 silver coins and two computer hard discs. The incident took place on June 14, 2020, around 5 AM in the morning. After the theft occurred, her husband Vimal Agrawal had filed a complaint with the police who had visited their 71, KD Flat house for investigation. Premlata Agrawal is the first Indian woman to scale the seven highest peaks in the seven continents of the world. Also, she was the first woman from the state of Jharkhand to scale the Earth’s highest peak, the Mount Everest.

Premlata Agrawal’s Padma Shri Award Stolen From Her Jamshedpur House

Premlata Agrawal had received the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2013 and Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award in 2017 for her incredible achievements as a mountaineer. On May 20, 2011, Agrawal had earned the title of being the oldest Indian woman to scale Everest, at 48 years. On May 19, 2018, Sangeeta Sindhi Bahl broke her record by climbing the mountain at the age of 53. As per reports, when the burglars ransacked the alpinist’s Jamshedpur home, no one was present there. The family was spending the night in their new house on Marine Drive under Sonari PS area. The computer discs which the thieves have robbed had many precious videos and photos of Agrawal’s achievements.

Premlata Agrawal's Padma Shri
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The First Indian Woman To Conquer The Seven Summits

Premlata Agrawal was born in 1963 in Darjeeling, West Bengal. She had started her mountaineering career at the age of 36. At the age of 50, she became the first woman in India to conquer the ‘Seven Summits’ or the highest peaks of seven continents. She earned the title after climbing the McKinley Peak in Alaska on May 23, 2013. Also, with this, Agrawal became the first Indian woman mountaineer to climb North America’s highest peak. On that note, you can read the inspirational story about this mountaineer who fought leukaemia to climb Mount Everest. Also, ex-soldier Nirmal Purja submitted all 14 world’s highest peaks in 6 months.

Premlata Agrawal's Padma Shri
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Being a housewife, a mother of two and a stellar alpinist at the same time, Premlata Agrawal is a phenomenal example of a powerful woman. The burglars took away her most deserving award and that’s unfortunate. Also, about a couple of months ago, Van Gogh’s masterpiece went missing from a Dutch museum.