Shershaah of Kargil War, Captain Vikram Batra’s immortal story of bravery

Vikram Batra was my son. He performed his duty during the Kargil War of 1999. He drove out the Pakistani infiltrators from the borders of the country. He captured points 4875 and Tololing Ridge’s Point 5140 mountain. And in the ensuing war he killed 5 infiltrators by hand . At 3 am in the morning, one infiltrator hiding in the bushes made a silent attack on Captain Vikram Batra and the bullet hit him on his chest. Late Captain Vikram Batra’s mother says, when we give permission to our sons to enter the Army, we dedicate them to the country. Then the relationship is tied more with the nation. Then they belong to the country. When the sons do something for our country, then undoubtedly we all need to feel extremely proud of their achievements. The future generations should also remember their valour and courage and supreme sacrifice. Vikram Batra was awarded the Param Vir Chakra, India’s highest military honour on 15th August 1999, on the 52nd anniversary of India’s independence. His father G.L. Batra received the honour for his deceased son from the President of India, the late K. R. Narayanan Vikram Batra (9 September 1974 – 7 July 1999) was an officer of the Indian Army serving the 13 Jammu And Kashmir Rifles (IC57556). He was posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra, the highest Indian military decoration, for his actions during the Kargil War; on 7 July 1999, Batra was killed while fighting Pakistani troops around Area Ledge, Point 4875, in the Kargil district of erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir. During ‘Operation Vijay’, on 20 June 1999, Captain Vikram Batra, Commander Delta Company was tasked to attack Point 5140. Captain Batra with his company skirted around the feature from the East and, maintaining surprise, reached within assaulting distance of the enemy. Captain Batra reorganised his column and motivated his men to physically assault the enemy positions. Leading from the front, he in a daredevil assault, pounced on the enemy and killed four of them in a hand-to-hand fight. “Yeh Dil Mange More!” was the success signal for his company. On 7 July 1999, in another operation in the area Pt 4875, his company was tasked to clear a narrow feature with sharp cuttings on either side and heavily fortified enemy defences that covered the only approach to it. For speedy operation, Captain Batra assaulted the enemy position along a narrow ridge and engaged the enemy in a fierce hand –to-hand fight and killed five enemy soldiers at point blank range. Despite sustaining grave injuries, he crawled towards the enemy and hurled grenades clearing the position with utter disregard to his personal safety, leading from the front, he rallied his men and pressed on the attack and achieved a near impossible military task in the face of heavy enemy fire. The officer, however, succumbed to his injuries. Inspired by his daredevil act, his troops fell upon the enemy with vengeance, annihilated them and captured Point 4875. Captain Vikram Batra, nicknamed ‘Shershaah’ by the enemy, thus, displayed the most conspicuous personal bravery and leadership of the highest order in the face of the enemy and made the supreme sacrifice in the highest traditions of the Indian Army.

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