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ApSItzDCAAAw0IIBy Ila Garg

Kargil War Heroes – Part 6

The nation owes much to Army as it safeguards the nation from the enemies, while people sleep inside their homes. Major Ajay Singh Jasrotia was fondly known as “Rambo” during his schooling days in Jammu. Born on April 13, 1971, he sacrificed his life on 15 June 1999 during ‘Operation Vijay’ which involved recapturing of Point 5140, which dominates the Srinagar-Leh highway. At 17,000 ft along the Tuloling Ridge Line, this point was the highest position occupied by the Pakistan Army intruders in the Kargil sector.

In order to capture this point, three battalions were sent out from different directions – Garhwal Rifles, Jammu and Kashmir Rifles and Naga Regiment. Major Ajay Singh Jasrotia was among the Jammu and Kashmir Rifles.

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Minister for Revenue, Raman Bhalla garlanding the satue of Major Ajay Singh Jasrotia

Major Ajay Singh Jasrotia was the grandson of Lt. Col. Khajoor Singh and son of DIG BSF Mr. Arjun Singh Jasrotia. Continuing the family tradition, he joined the Indian Army in 1996 after graduating from Commerce College, Jammu. Nationalism and patriotism were in his blood.

Major Ajay Singh Jasrotia moved with the unit for ‘Operation Vijay’ as part of 56 Mountain Brigade on 15 Jun 1999. There was heavy artillery shelling from the enemy’s side. The very first shell injured six soldiers and sent across a wave of shock and panic among other who desperately ran for cover. Major Jasrotia immediately sensed the gravity of the situation. He took charge of the situation. Subsequently, he ordered all the troops to take cover within the area of the administrative base. He himself attended to the casualties instead of taking cover. Though artillery shelling continued but it didn’t stop him. He then arranged for evacuation of the wounded soldiers to safety. The shelling continued unabated.

Amidst the bombardment, he organized troops into suitable groups and together they carried the soldiers on their backs. Major Ajay Singh Jasrotia got seriously injured when during the evacuation of the casualties, a shell landed in his close vicinity. Disregarding his injuries, he continued with his task of evacuating the injured soldiers. His condition got worsened due to steady loss of blood. Despite persistent persuasions by the troops, he refused to leave the battleground as life slowly ebbed out of him. He finally succumbed to his injuries. But before he closed his eyes, he sent six serious casualties to safety, all of whom later survived.

Thus, more than himself he cared about his fellow army soldiers. Major Ajay Singh Jasrotia was awarded the Sena Medal for his exceptional sacrifice during Kargil War. His contribution cannot be ignored. He was an exemplary soldier who can be a motivational force for others. His family is proud of him. Even after 16 years, he continues to live as heroes like him can never be forgotten.

More in this segment:

Kargil War Heroes – Part 1
Kargil War Heroes – Part 2
Kargil War Heroes – Part 3
Kargil War Heroes – Part 4
Kargil War Heroes – Part 5
Kargil War Heroes – Part 7
Kargil War Heroes – Part 8
Kargil War Heroes – Part 9
Kargil War Heroes – Part 10
Kargil War Heroes – Part 11
Kargil War Heroes – Part 12
Kargil War Heroes – Part 13
Kargil War Heroes – Part 14
Kargil War Heroes – Part 15

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“Yeh Dil Maange More!”..The Glorious Words Of Captain Vikram Batra

Captain Vikram Batra was one of the brave soldiers who laid down his life while serving the country

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Captain Vikram Batra was conferred Param Vir Chakra in 1999 for extraordinary act of courage. Wikimedia Commons
Captain Vikram Batra was conferred Param Vir Chakra in 1999 for extraordinary act of courage. Wikimedia Commons
  • The name of the Sher Shah or the Indian Army legend, Late Captain Vikram Batra can’t be forgotten
  • Many young Indian brave hearts of the army fought ferociously and died fearlessly in the Kargil war
  • During his college days, ‘Dimple Cheema’ was the Captain Vikram Batra’s girlfriend

“I’ll either come back after raising the Indian flag in victory or return wrapped in it, but I will come for sure.”

One of the Late Captain Vikram Batra’s quotes, that sums up the spirit of Bravehearts who fight at the border.

The Kargil war with Pakistan was something that truly revealed the zeal of Indian Army to protect the borders of its mother nation and so does the determination of the men wearing that olive green uniform. Captain Vikram Batra was one of the brave soldiers who laid down his life while serving the country. The name of the Sher Shah or the Indian Army legend, Late Captain Vikram Batra can’t be forgotten.  Every Indian know his name and about the life of this martyr. The unbelievable courage and the battlefield transcended heroism defines the solid character of Captain Vikram Batra.

It was July 26, 1999, when the Indian Armed Forces won a valiant and decisive war against Pakistan. Many brave young soldiers laid down their lives in the ferocious battle, defending their nation on the inhospitable battlefield of Kargil. With his exact spirit and attitude, Captain Vikram Batra kept motivating the men of his own battalion to keep fighting during the Kargil War.

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It’s been almost nineteen years since then, but the unparalleled courage and sacrifice of Kargil heroes are still afresh in the memory of every India. Many young Indian brave hearts of the army fought ferociously and died fearlessly.

To honour the sacrifice of gallant soldier, a hall at Service Selection Centre Allahabad is named ‘Vikram Batra Block’. Wikimedia Commons
To honour the sacrifice of the gallant soldier, a hall at Service Selection Centre Allahabad is named ‘Vikram Batra Block’. Wikimedia Commons

Early life of Captain Vikram Batra

Captain Vikram Batra was born on September 9, 1974, in Himachal Pradesh. He spent his childhood in the beautiful mountain town of Palampur. His father, Girdhari Lal Batra was a government school teacher and principal. Interestingly, he was born as one of the twins. He was elder of twin sons as he was born 14 minutes before his brother Vishal.

Captain Vikram Batra was a brilliant student who was better known as an all-rounder at school. He was immensely popular among his classmates and teachers as he was also a keen sportsman and avid participant in co-curricular activities. He held a green belt holder in karate and played table tennis at the national level.

From the very beginning, he wanted to serve his country and hence he joined NCC (National Cadet Corps). Due to his diligence and determination, he was adjudged as the best NCC cadet of north India. After completing his Bachelor’s degree in 1995, he decided to prepare for Combined Defense Services (CDS) examination. It was no surprise to his family as Captain Vikram Batra was always keen on joining the Army.

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Captain Vikram Batra found his love in 1995 at Punjab University in Chandigarh. ‘Dimple Cheema’ was the Captain Vikram Batra’s girlfriend during his college days. They stayed together for almost four years. Both of them had planned to get married if Vikram Batra would have returned from Kargil, but as it turned out, he never did.

Former Presiden, honorable  K. R. Narayanan presenting the Param Vir Chakra posthumous to the father of Captain Vikram Batra 13 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles. Wikimedia Commons
India’s former President, honourable K. R. Narayanan presenting the Param Vir Chakra posthumous to the father of Captain Vikram Batra 13 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles. Wikimedia Commons

 

 

Life facts of the Indian Army’s daredevil will fill your heart will patriotism and valour. Have a look at some of them:

  1. Captain Vikram Batra got his primary education from his mother, who herself was a teacher.
  2. As per the statement of the then Chief of the Army staff, captain Vikram Batra would have been the General of the Indian Army staff, had he returned from the Kargil war fought between India and Pakistan in the year 1999.
  3. Captain Vikram Batra was a soldier of the Indian Army and died in the Kargil war while rescuing an injured officer in an enemy counterattack.
  4. Captain Vikram Batra laid down his life when he was only 24 years-old. He died on July 7, 1999.
  5. Under the leadership of Captain Vikram Batra on June 19, 1999, the Indian army snatched point 5140, from right under the enemy’s nose.
  6. After successfully clinching the Point 5140, Captain Vikram Batra volunteered for the next mission to recapture point 4875. The terrain was very strenuous, as the location was 17,000 feet above the sea level and 80 degrees steep.
  7. In the early hours of July 7, 1999, Captain Vikram Batra was commanding a mission to rescue an injured officer during an enemy counterattack.
  8. According to the statements of his battalion, during the rescue attempt, Captain Vikram Batra pushed aside the injured officer saying, “You have children, step aside.”
  9. Unfortunately, Captain Vikram Batra was hit by a bullet on his chest and was killed in action while clearing enemy positions
  10. As a tribute to the soldiers of the Kargil war, the movie LOC was made in 2003. R Captain Vikram Batra’s role was played by Abhishek Bachchan.
  11. Captain Vikram Batra posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra (The highest gallantry medal awarded for displaying distinguished acts of valour during wartime).
  12. Captain Vikram Batra is well well known for coining the slogan “Yeh Dil Maange More!” He used it to signal the success of his mission.

To honour the sacrifice of gallant soldier, many constructions and cantonments have been named after him such as a hall at Service Selection Centre Allahabad is named ‘Vikram Batra Block’, a residential area in the Jabalpur Cantonment is called ‘Captain Vikram Batra Enclave’ and the combined cadet’s mess at the Indian Medical Association is named ‘Vikram Batra Mess’.