Everybody soldier leads a selfless life. He pays back all what he has taken from the motherland by serving her in freezing temperatures or under the scalding sun without batting an eyelid or taking a pause. And when it comes to laying down their lives, they do so without even hesitating even once. Such was also the life of Captain Vikram Batra(Param Vir Chakra), who was martyred on 7th July 1999, in the Kargil war.
Here are 9 Unknown facts about the son of the soil –
Batra got his primary education from his mother, a teacher
Batra was the third child of Girdhari Lal Batra, a government school principal, and Kamal Kanta Batra, a school teacher. He was the elder of twin sons and had two sisters
Captain Vikram Batra Would Have Been The General Of The Indian Army
He would have been a chief of the Army staff, had he returned from the Kargil war fought between India and Pakistan in the year 1999.
He Died While Rescuing An Officer
He was an officer of the Indian Army and died in the Kargil war while rescuing an injured officer in an enemy counter-attack
Batra Died On July 7, 1999, When He Was Only 24-Years-Old
He was one of the youngest officers to have laid down their lives in combat duty against the enemy.
He Led A Battalion And Captured Enemy Territory
On June 19, 1999, under the leadership of Captain Vikram Batra, the Indian army snatched point 5140 from right under the enemy’s nose
The Next Mission Was Even More Dangerous
After the successful operation of Point 5140, Captain Batra volunteered for the next mission to recapture point 4875. This point was 17,000 feet above the sea level and 80 degree steep.
He Was Commanding A Rescue Mission For An Injured Officer During An Enemy Counter-Attack
It is believed that during the rescue attempt, he pushed aside the injured officer saying, “You have children, step aside.” He was killed in action while clearing enemy positions
The Indian Army Pays Appropriate Respect In His Name
In his remembrance, Captain Batra’s name is used by the Indian Army for various constructions and cantonments
He Was Awarded The Param Vir Chakra After His Death
What else can you confer to a soldier whose valour knows no bounds? We bow down our heads in reverence.