Vikram Batra

Vikram Batra

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

Early life and career

Vikram Batra was born on September 9, 1974 in Ghuggar village near Palampur, Himachal Pradesh, to Mr. G.L. Batra and Mrs. Jai Kamal Batra. Batra joined 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.

Param Vir Chakra

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.

On 01 June 1999,Captain Vikram Batra,13 JAK Rifles and his Delta Company was given the task of recapturing Point 5140 which was at an altitude of 17,000 feet. Nicknamed Lion King ('Sher Shah' in Hindi) for his unstinting courage, he decided to lead the rear, as an element of surprise would help stupefy the enemy.Captain Batra, along with five of his men, climbed up regardless and after reaching the top, hurled...
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