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Capt Vikram Batra’s bust unveiled by his parents in Palampur

The bust was unveiled by GL Batra and Kamal Kanta Batra in the presence of Lt Gen YK Joshi, GOC-in-C Northern Command, who was the Commanding Officer of 13 JAK RIF, Capt Vikram Batra’s battalion, during the Kargil conflict.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh |
Updated: January 20, 2022 4:02:19 am
A bust of Kargil War hero, Param Vir Chakra (Posthumous) awardee Capt Vikram Batra at Palampur Military Station | Express photo

A bust of Kargil war hero Capt Vikram Batra was unveiled Wednesday at Palampur Military Station in Himachacal Pradesh by his parents.

The bust of the Param Vir Chakra awardee (posthumous) was unveiled 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 Y K Joshi, the officials said.

Capt Vikram Batra bust being unveiled by Kamal Kanta Batra | Express photo

Lt Gen Joshi was the commanding officer of the 13 JAK Rifles, Capt Batra’s battalion, during the Kargil war.

Other present during the event included Maj Gen M P Singh, GOC Dah Division, Capt Batra’s school teachers R S Guleria, Suman Maini and Neelam Vats and some of his childhood friends.

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During the commemoration, the Army Commander recollected how Capt Batra inspired his men to fight valiantly, eventually leading to 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.

Capt Vikram Batra bust being unveiled by GL Batra| Express photo

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

Point 4875 is a mountain top along the Line of Control (LoC). It is also known as the Batra Top, named after the soldier. Capt Batra made the supreme sacrifice on July 7, 1999. The young officer had caught the fancy of the nation and become the icon of the Indian Army officer spirit by his success signal to capture Point 5140 with victory message ‘Yeh Dil Maange More’.

“The sacrifice of brave hearts 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 mind of all Indians,” the Army said.

As a token of remembrance, the placement of the bust at his birthplace will also serve as a source of inspiration and motivation for generations to come, it said. Capt Batra’s bravery, camaraderie and devotion to his duty were extraordinary and will always find exalted place in the annals of our military history, the Army said.

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