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Sanjay_Kumar_PVCBy Ila Garg

Kargil War Heroes – Part 10

16 years of the tragic war at Kargil could not take the painful memories away. They continue to haunt us deep inside. The bloodshed that accompanied the war still makes the families of the martyrs cringe. Then how can the denizens of India ever forget the soldiers who fought with great tenacity for the love of nation?

While many soldiers sacrificed their lives at the war front, only a few managed to survive. Amidst the valiant, Rifleman Sanjay Kumar is the proud recipient of country’s highest gallantry award, Param Vir Chakra. Last year, he was promoted as junior commissioned officer on the post of Naib Subedar.

During the Kargil war, he was with the 13 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles. The 13 JAK Rifles is the only unit in the history of independent India to be awarded two PVCs in a single operation. The other one was awarded to Capt. Vikram Batra who laid down his life in the defence of the country.

On 4 July 1999, Rifleman Sanjay Kumar and his team were given the task of clearing Point 4875 also known as “Flat Top” situated in Mushkoh Valley. He was the leading scout man. It was a dangerous mission though, and the intruders who were occupying the post had all advantages. Somehow Sanjay Kumar and his platoon managed to scale the cliff and were pinned down by machine-gun fire from an enemy bunker that was about 150 meters away.

The initial assault thus failed. In the wee hours of 5 July 1999, the Indian army planned a final attack. It was a defining moment in the career of Rifleman Sanjay Kapur when he was asked to lead the attack. He took the golden opportunity to serve his nation and charged at the enemy bunkers, killing several intruders. After destroying the first bunker, he ran out of ammunition and was hit by two bullets in his thigh. But he didn’t give up easily. He went ahead and snatched a machine gun from a Pakistani solider. Subsequently, he captured the second bunker too. His bravery resulted in the successful accomplishment of the mission.

The unit recovered a large quantity of arms and ammunition too.Havaldar-to-Lance-Naik

Very few people know that before selection into Army in 1996, Sanjay Kapur, who is a native of Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh, used to drive a taxi on the jam-packed roads of Delhi to earn a livelihood. He was selected by the Indian Army on 4 June 1996 after being rejected twice earlier. Now, his second brother is a sepoy too.

Sanjay was only 23 when he was awarded the PVC, an honour bestowed only on 21 soldiers since 1950.

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 6
Kargil War Heroes – Part 7
Kargil War Heroes – Part 8
Kargil War Heroes – Part 9
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’.