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Kargil war hero Capt Vikram Batra's bust unveiled in Himachal's Palampur

Source: PTI   -  Edited By: Senjo M R
January 19, 2022 17:06 IST
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A bust of Kargil war hero Captain Vikram Batra was unveiled in Himachal Pradesh's Palampur on Wednesday, Army officials said.

IMAGE: GL Batra (fourth from right) and Kamal Kanta Batra (third from left), parents of Param Vir Chakra awardee Capt Vikram Batra, at the unveiling of his bust, in presence of Lt Gen YK Joshi, GOC-in-C Northern Command, and Maj Gen MP Singh, GOC Dah division at Palampur Military Station, Himachal Pradesh, January 19, 2022. Photograph: ANI Photo

The unveiling of the bust in the soldier's hometown will inspire generations to come, they said.

 

Te bust of Param Vir Chakra awardee Captain Vikram Batra was unveiled at Palampur military station by his father G L Batra and mother Kamal Kanta Batra in the presence of another Kargil war hero and northern army commander, Lt Gen YK Joshi, the officials said.

Lt Gen Joshi was the commanding officer of the 13 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles during the Kargil war.

Wednesday's event was also graced by Maj Gen M P Singh, GOC Dah division, Capt Vikram Batra's school teachers namely RS Guleria, Suman Maini and Neelam Vats as well as by some of his childhood friends.

As a token of remembrance, this placement of the bust of Capt Vikram Batra at his birthplace will also serve as a source of inspiration and motivation for generations to come, they said.

Capt Batra's bravery, camaraderie and devotion to his duty were extraordinary and will always find an exalted place in the annals of our military history, the Army officials said.

On July 7, 1999, Captain Batra, a young and brave officer, who had caught the fancy of the nation and become the icon of the Indian Army's officer spirit by his success signal to capture Point 5140 with the victory message 'Yeh Dil Maange More', made the supreme sacrifice but not before capturing Point 4875 during the Kargil war.

Point 4875 is a mountain top along the Line of Control. It is also known as Batra Top, named after the soldier.

During the commemoration, Lt Gen Joshi recollected the undaunted courage of Capt Batra that inspired his men to fight valiantly and eventually led to the successful capture of Point 5140, which further paved the way for a string of victories at Point 5100, Point 4700, Junction Peak and Three Pimple in Drass sector in Kargil.

He also mentioned the crucial role played by Capt Batra for the capture of Point 4875, in which he assaulted the enemy position along a narrow ridge that led to a fierce fight, and killed five enemy soldiers at point-blank range, the officials said.

With utter disregard to his personal safety, leading from the front Capt Batra pressed on the attack to achieve a near-impossible military task in the face of heavy enemy fire, and in keeping with the highest traditions of the Indian Army, made the supreme sacrifice for which he was awarded the nation's highest gallantry award, the Param Vir Chakra, they said.

"The sacrifice of bravehearts will never be forgotten, who went beyond the call of duty and showed exemplary courage and unflinching determination and will always be etched in the heart and minds of all Indians," the Army said.

It was most befitting that his gallant action was commemorated by his then commanding officer of 13 JAKRIF, it said.

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