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Remembering The Sher Shah Of Kargil War - Captain Vikram Batra

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| September 9 , 2018 , 15:43 IST

Don’t Worry. I’ll Either Come Back After Raising The Indian Flag In Victory

OR

Return Wrapped In It, But I Will Come For Sure”

-Captain Vikram Batra

The Indian Armed Forces on July 26, 1999 won the fierce battle of Kargil War but as it is rightly said that everything comes with a price, many soldiers lost their lives.

IC-57556H Vikram Batra of the Jammu and Kashmir Rifles was one of the bravehearts who laid down their lives for the pride of the nation.

September 9 marks the birth anniversary of the brave soldier who clinched the tiger hill. Signalling the victory he hailed from the wireless, “Yeh Dil Maange More”.

Born on September 9, 1974, in Himachal Pradesh, Vikram Batra spent his childhood in the beautiful mountain town of Palampur.

In 1996, his dream of joining the Indian Army was fulfilled when he cleared the CDS examination with flying colours and joined the Indian Military Academy where he was commissioned as a lieutenant. His first posting was in the town of Sopore in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

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On 20 June 1999, Captain Vikram Batra, Commander Delta Company, was tasked to attack point 5140 during Operation Vijay. Captain Vikram Batra, with his company, skirted around the feature from the East and maintaining surprise reached within the assaulting distance.

The officer reorganized his column and motivated his men to physically assault the enemy positions. Leading his men from the front, the officer in a daredevil assault pounced on the enemy and killed four intruders in a hand-to-hand fight.

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Capt. Vikram Batra was awarded Param Vir Chakra, India’s highest and most prestigious award for valour, posthumously for his actions during the Kargil war in 1999. He had joined Indian Military Academy (IMA) at Dehradun in 1996 and passed out from there in December 1997. He was Commissioned into the 13th battalion of Jammu and Kashmir Rifles.

Vikram, who led the toughest mountain warfare, was often referred as Sher Shah in the messages intercepted by the Pakistani Army.

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Vikram Batra died while fighting enemies on July 7, 1999, at point 4875 in Kargil sector. He had killed five Pakistani soldiers in a combat assault at point 4875.