July 26 is the anniversary of the victory of Indian army over Pakistan forces in the Kargil conflict of 1999. The day, named Vijay Diwas, by the government of India, is a tribute to all the brave souls who sacrificed their lives in the war. Here’s taking a look at some of the heroes, whose courage and sacrifice has been recognised by the Indian Government and were honoured for the same.
1. Subedar Yogendra Singh Yadav:
A junior commissioned officer of the Indian Army, he was awarded Param Vir Chakra, the highest military honour in India. Aged 19 when he received it, Yogendra Singh Yadav is the youngest person to be awarded Param Vir Chakra.
2. Lieutenant Manoj Kumar Pandey:
An Indian Army Officer of the 1/11 Gorkha Rifles, Lt. Pandey died during the attack on Jubar Top, Khalubar Hills, Kargil. He was posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra for his valiance during the times of war.
3. Captain Vikram Batra:
Cpt. Batra was bestowed with the Param Vir Chakra for his brave actions during the 1999 war. According to the intercepted messages of the Pakistan Army, he was often called “Sher Shah” by the Pak forces.
4. Rifleman Sanjay Kumar:
A soldier of the Indian Army and a Junior Commissioned Officer, he received the Param Vir Chakra for valiantly fighting and charging towards the enemy and destroying three Pakistani soldiers with two bullets in his chest.
5. Captain Anuj Nayyar:
An Indian Army Officer of the 17 Jat Regiment, he was posthumously awarded the Maha Vir Chakra, India’s second highest military gallantry award for his valour and resilience in the 1999 Kargil war.
6. Major Rajesh Singh Adhikari:
Major Adhikari was also an Indian Army Officer who sacrificed his life during the Kargil war. On account of his bravery on the battlefield, he was posthumously awarded the Maha Vir Chakra.
7. Major Mariappan Saravanan:
An officer from the Bihar regiment, he fought bravely, even indulging in hand-to-hand combat with the enemy. After killing four of them, he was the first officer to be killed in the war. His bravery led to him being referred to as the “Hero of Batalik” and got him a Vir Chakra
8. Squadron Leader Ajay Ahuja:
A fighter pilot of the Indian Air Force, he was awarded the Vir Chakra, he was killed by the Pakistani army due to an extensive exchange of fire between India and Pakistan during the war.
9. Havildar Chuni Lal:
He was a soldier of the 8th Batallion in the JAK light infantry and was killed in a successful flush-out operation that claimed his life, Lal was awarded Vir Chakra for his courage and it also earned him the Ashok Chakra.