21 years of Kargil War: India remembers Param Vir Chakra awardees Captain Vikram Batra, Lieutenant Manoj Kumar Pandey, Rifleman Sanjay Kumar, Grenadier Yogender Singh Yadav

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The nation is observing the 21st anniversary of India’s victory in Kargil conflict,  remembering its courageous martyrs who laid down their lives to safeguard our borders from Pakistani intruders. 

The bravest of the courageous had been awarded with the Param Vir Chakra, India’s highest gallantry award for armed forces personnel. While two bravehearts – Captain Vikram Batra and Lieutenant Manoj Kumar Pandey – acquired the honour posthumously, two Kargil heroes – Rifleman Sanjay Kumar and Grenadier Yogender Singh Yadav – had been awarded PVC after India’s decisive victory within the conflict.

Let’s take a look on the story of those bravehearts:

1. Captain Vikram Batra: He was an officer of Jammu and Kashmir Rifles. Batra acquired the gallantry honour posthumously in 1999. In an operation as a part of Operation Vijay, Captain Batra killed 5 enemy troopers in a hand at hand battle at level black vary. Batra’s code title was Sher Shah. Batra will all the time be remembered for achiving a near-impossible job within the face of heavy enemy fireplace. Captain Vikram Batra led one of many hardest operations in mountain warfare in the course of the Kargil conflict

2. Lieutenant Manoj Kumar Pandey: Lieutenant Pandey was an officer of Gorkha Rifles and he was bestowed with the Param Vir Chakra (posthumous) in 1999. Lieutenant Pandey was part of a collection of assaults throughout Operation Vijay and he performed an vital position in forcing again the Pakistani intruders. Lieutenant Pandey was martyred on July Three in the course of the assault on Jubar Top, Khalubar Hills in Batalik Sector. He continues to be remembered as ‘Hero of Batalik’ for his valour. 

3. Rifleman Sanjay Kumar: He belonged to 13 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles and was awarded PVC in 1999 after the conclusion of conflict. Rifleman Kumar indulged in hand-to-hand fight with Pakistani intruders throughout an operation to seize a degree within the Mushkoh Valley. The courageous Indian soldier even chased the enemy, utilizing their machine gun and killed a lot of them.

4. Grenadier Yogender Singh Yadav: Grenadier Yadav of 18 Grenadiers was a part of the main staff of Ghatak platoon tasked to seize Tiger Hill. Grenadier Yadav mounted the rope for his staff to climb up the hill and braved enemy firing to crawl as much as the enemy place. He was simply 19-year-old at the moment and was a part of the commando platoon ‘Ghatak’ which was assigned to seize three snow-covered bunkers on Tiger Hill. While climbing up the hill, Yadav and different Indian troopers had been attacked by an enemy bunker, by which the platoon commander and two others had been martyred. However, an inured Yadav climbed up the remaining 60 toes and reached the highest. 

Param Vir Chakra is awarded for many conspicuous bravery or some daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self-sacrifice, within the presence of the enemy. PVC is round in form and is manufactured from bronze. On obverse of the PVC, there are 4 replicas of ‘Indra’s Vajra’ with the State Emblem (together with the motto) embossed within the centre. On its reverse, it shall have embossed Param Vir Chakra each in Hindi and English with two lotus flowers between Hindi and English.