12 Brave Heroes of Kargil War Who Gave Their All


Naik Digendra Kumar, Mahavir Chakra, 2 RR

Naik Digendra Kumar was Commander of the Light Machine Gun Group during his company’s assault on Tololing feature on the night of 12-13 Jun 1999.

Naik Digendra Kumar
When the assault group was nearing its objective, it came under effective fire from well-concealed UMGs, HMGs and other Small Arms, leading to heavy casualities. Naik Digendra Kumar was hit by a Bullet in his left arm. Undaunted and unmindful of his own injury, he took up a position in the open and kept firing with one hand. Throughout the assault, he brought down effective and accurate LMG Fire on the enemy, keeping his head down and enabling the assault group of his company to advance towards the objective. Finally, under the cover of his effective fire, own troops physically assaulted the enemy position and cleared it after a fierce hand-to-hand fight.
Despite being seriously wounded, Naik Digendra Kumar placed duty and service before self. It was his courageous action in exposing himself to risk to facilitate the assault of his comrades that, enabled the assault group to finally capture the objective, For displaying conspicuous gallantry, single-minded devotion to duty and exemplary determination despite being seriously injured, Naik Digendra Kumar was awarded the Maha Vir Chakra.

Major Padmapani Acharya, MVC, 2 Rajputana Rifles

On 28 June 1999, a Battalion attack was launched on the Tololing feature by the 2nd Rajputana Rifles, with Major Padmapani Acharya as a Company Commander. The officer was assigned the formidable task of capturing an Enemy Position which was heavily fortified and strongly held with mine fields and effective Machine Gun and Artillery Fire support. The success of the Battalion and brigade operation hinged on the early capture of this position. The company attack was tested by overwhelming fire at the very beginning, when the enemy’s artillery came down squarely on the leading platoon, inflicting large numbers of casualties. With utter disregard to his personal safety, Major Padmapani Acharya took the reserve platoon and led it through the rain of artillery shells. His daring act galvanised his men who routed the enemy from their fortified positions and hence made the Victory over Tololing feature a possibility. He however, was Martyred during the operation.
Major Padmapani Acharya
For displaying exceptional courage, exemplary leadership and exhibiting a spirit of self-sacrifice in the face of the enemy, Maj Padamapani Acharya was Posthumously awarded the Maha Vir Chakra.

Captain Vikram Batra, PVC, 13 JAK RIF

Captain Vikram Batra was serving with 13 JAK RIF during Operation Vijay. On 07 Jul 1999, he volunteered to assault and re-capture the area north of Point 4875 from where an Enemy locality was interfering actively in the operations of 13 JAK RIF. The task involved an assault along a narrow ridge with sharp cuttings on either side to clear a heavily fortified feature.
Captain Vikram Batra
Personally leading the assault, Captain Batra engaged the enemy in a fierce hand to hand fight and killed five enemy soldiers at Point Blank Range. During the assault he sustained grievous injuries. Despite his injuries, Captain Batra crawled towards the next enemy sangar and continued to Hurl Grenades and fire from his AK-47. Despite stiff resistance from the enemy, this gallant officer refused to yield ground. He was focused on only one direction of movement and that was forward. He rallied his men, pressed home the #Attack and finally succeeded in achieving what had seemed to be a militarily impossible task. Inspired by this extraordinary display of fearlessness and raw courage by their leader, the troops fell upon the enemy with vengeance and vanquished him.
Earlier, on 20 Jun 1999, Captain Vikram Batra then leading ’D’ Company had displayed sterling leadership qualities by leading from the front to physically assault enemy positions on Point 5140 in the Drass Sub Sector. He had launched a daredevil assault on the enemy, who was well entrenched and armed to the teeth with sophisticated weapons. Pouncing on the enemy, he personally killed four intruders in a hand to hand fight.
With victory at this feet and cries of “Bharat Mata ki Jai” and “Durge Mata ki jai” resounding in his ears, this brave son of India made the supreme sacrifice and wrote a new saga of courage that will further enrich the traditions of the Indian Army. For his unparalleled feats of personal gallantry and fearlessness in the face of enemy, exceptional fighting spirit, exemplary junior leadership and selfless devotion to duty, Captain Vikram Batra was Posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra, India’s highest gallantry award.

Rifleman Sanjay Kumar, PVC, 13 JAK Rif

Rifleman Sanjay Kumar volunteered to be the leading scout of the attacking column tasked to capture area flat top of Point 4875 in the #Mashkoh Valley on 04Jul 1999. Enemy automatic fire from one of the sangars posed stiff opposition and stalled the advance. With utter disregard for his personal safety in the ensuing hand to hand combat, he killed three of the #Intruders and was himself seriously injured. However, despite his injuries, he continued to fight and charged on to the second sangar that had been interfering with the Attack.
Rifleman Sanjay Kumar
The Enemy was stunned by this breathtaking display of raw guts and fled from the scene, leaving behind one UMG. Rifleman Sanjay Kumar picked up the Weapon left behind by the fleeing Pakistani Soldiers and shot them dead. Although by this time Rifleman Sanjay Kumar was bleeding profusely from his wounds, he refused to be evacuated.
This super human display of courage by Rifleman Sanjay Kumar steeled the resolve of his comrades and motivated them to wrest Area Flat Top from the hands of the enemy. For his fearlessness, aggressive fighting spirit and most conspicuous gallantry against heavy odds, leading to the capture of a difficult and important objective, a grateful nation honoured Rifleman Sanjay Kumar with Param Vir Chakra, India’s highest gallantry award.
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