Vikram Batra

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Captain
Vikram Batra
PVC
Vikram Batra.jpg
Born (1974-09-09)9 September 1974
Palampur, Himachal Pradesh
Died 7 July 1999(1999-07-07) (aged 24)
Kargil, Jammu and Kashmir
Allegiance India Republic of India
Service/branch Flag of Indian Army.svg Indian Army
Years of service 1996–1999
Rank Captain of the Indian Army.svg Captain
Unit Rgt-jkr.gif 13th Battalion, Jammu and Kashmir Rifles
Awards Param Vir Chakra.png Param Vir Chakra

Captain Vikram Batra PVC (9 September 1974 – 7 July 1999) was an officer of the Indian Army, posthumously awarded with the Param Vir Chakra,[1] India's highest and prestigious award for valour, for his actions during the 1999 Kargil War in Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

Early life and career[edit]

Vikram Batra was born on 9 September 1974 in Ghuggar village near Palampur, Himachal Pradesh, to G.L. Batra and Jai Kamal Batra. He got his primary education from his mother, who herself is a teacher. He received his education up to Middle Standard at the D.A.V. Public School in Palampur and up to senior secondary stage in Central School, Palampur. After passing his 10+2 in 1992 from Central School Palampur, he got admitted in D.A.V. College, Chandigarh in B.Sc where he was adjudged the best N.C.C. Cadet (Air Wing) in two zones. Later, he was selected to join the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun in 1996 in Jessore company of Manekshaw Battalion, and was commissioned in the Indian Army as a Lieutenant of the 13 Jammu & Kashmir Rifles at Sopore, in Jammu and Kashmir. He rose to the rank of Captain.[2]

Kargil War[edit]

External video
Video on Captain Vikram Batra on YouTube showing Vikram Batra's original video footage and a recreation of circumstances at his final battle during Kargil war

On 1 June 1999, his unit proceeded to the Kargil Sector on the eruption of a war-like situation in Kargil, Drass and Batalik sub-sectors from where he was sent along with his company on the first strategic and daring operation to recapture the first peak of utmost importance - Point 5140, which was at an altitude of 17,000 feet. Captain Vikram Batra, 13 JAK Rifles, and his Delta Company was given the task of recapturing Point 5140. Nicknamed Sher Shah ('Lion King') in Hindi for his courage, he decided to lead the rear, as an element of surprise would help stupefy the enemy. He and his men ascended the sheer rock-cliff, but as the group neared the top, the enemy pinned them on the face of the bare cliff with machine gun fire. Captain Batra, along with five of his men, climbed up regardless and after reaching the top,hurled two grenades at the machine gun post. He single-handedly killed three enemy soldiers in close combat. He was seriously injured during this, but insisted on regrouping his men to continue with the mission. Inspired by the courage displayed by Captain Batra, the soldiers of 13 JAK Rifles charged the enemy position and captured Point 5140 at 3:30 a.m. on 20 June 1999. His company is credited with killing at least eight Pakistani soldiers and recovering a heavy machine gun.[2]

The capture of Point 5140 set in motion a string of successes, such as Point 5100, Point 4700, Junction Peak and Three Pimples. Along with fellow Captain Anuj Nayyar, Batra led his men to victory with the recapture of Point 4750 and Point 4875. He attained martyrdom when he tried to rescue an injured officer during an enemy counterattack against Point 4875 in the early morning hours of 7 July 1999. His last words were, "Jai Mata Di." (which means "Victory to the Mother Durga!" in Punjabi).[3]

Param Vir Chakra[edit]

For his sustained display of the most conspicuous personal bravery and leadership of the highest order in the face of the enemy, Captain Vikram Batra was awarded the Param Vir Chakra, India's highest military honor on 15 August 1999, the 52nd anniversary of India's independence. His father Mr. G.L. Batra received the honor for his deceased son from the President of India, the late K.R. Narayanan.[1]

In film[edit]

The 2003 Hindi film LOC Kargil based on the entire Kargil conflict had Abhishek Bachchan.[4] playing the role of Captain Batra.

Legacy[edit]

  • A hall is made in the name of Capt.Vikram at Service Selection Center Allahabad named as Vikram Batra Block.
  • A residential area in the Jabalpur Cantonment is called Captain Vikram Batra Enclave.
  • The combined cadet's mess at the IMA is named after Capt. Batra as the Vikram Batra Mess. [1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Kargil Update: Indian Army". Param Vir Chakra. Ministry of Defence, Government of India. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Archana Masih, Dominic Xavier, Rajesh Karkera (17 June 2004). "The soldier who became a legend". Rediff News. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Profile on Bharat Rakshak website". Bharat Rakshak Website. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "LOC: Kargil (2003)". IMDb. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 

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