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Major R Parameshwaran, Param Vir Chakra (Posthumous) Of the 8th Battalion of The MAHAR Regiment

On 25 November 1987, in the late hours of the night Major Ramaswamy Parameshwaran was returning from a search operation in Sri Lanka, when his column was ambushed by a group of militants. With cool courage and presence of mind, he encircled the militants from the rear and boldly charged taking them completely by surprise. During the hand to hand battle, one of the militants shot him in the chest. Undaunted and unmindful of the grave injury, Major Parameshwaran snatched the rifle from the militant. In that condition, Maj Parameshwaran, displayed conspicuous bravery and made the supreme sacrifice by laying down his life.
   
Capt (Now Lt Col) Jas Ram Singh, Ashok Chakra Of the 6th Battalion of The RAJPUT Regiment

On 31 October, 1968 at 0430 hrs, his patrol was fired upon by hostiles in Mizoram. This Lion hearted officer assaulted the hostiles’ position and killed two and wounded six hostiles. Three hostiles surrendered. By his courageous deed of leading his men who were trapped in a difficult situation he set a fine example to his patrol and men.
   
Capt Jasbir Singh Raina, Ashok Chakra Of the 10th Battalion of the Brigade of The GUARDS

During ‘Operation Blue Star’, on the night of 5/6 June 1984, ‘D’ Company under the command of Capt JS Raina was tasked to flush out terrorists from a religious place. Undaunted by the risk to his personal safety and with resolute determination, Capt JS Raina forged ahead to complete the task. Despite being seriously wounded by a burst of fire, he bravely led and inspired his company to clear the area of the terrorists. Capt JS Raina, thus, displayed most conspicuous bravery, inspiring leadership, cool courage and devotion to duty of an exceptionally high order.
   
2 Lt (now Col) CA Pithawalla, Ashok Chakra Of the 17th Battalion of The JAMMU AND KASHMIR Rifles

On 06 July 1981, 2 Lt CA Pithawalla with a Column of 40 other ranks of 17th battalion of the Jammu and Kashmir Rifles was ordered to search a hut reportedly harbouring hostiles at Tekcham in Manipur. Despite being wounded, he continued to lead the assault inflicting casualties on the extremists and apprehended Shri N Bishweshwar Sing, the topmost leader of the Peoples’ Liberation Army. Throughout the operation, 2 Lt Pithawalla (now Col) displayed and most conspicuous bravery, undaunted courage , extraordinary and inspiring leadership, unique presence of mind and devotion to duty of exceptional order.
   

Lt Col Harsh Uday Singh Gaur, Ashok Chakra Of the 10th Battalion of The BIHAR Regiment

Lieutenant Colonel Harsh Uday Singh Gaur, Commanding Officer, 10 BIHAR was conducting operation with the battalion at village Dazipura MT 5735, in Baramulla District based on specific information on 10 to 12 foreign mercenaries hiding in the village on 29 November, 1994. While flushing area knoll GR 578359 at 0700 hours he along with his Quick Reaction Team, came under heavy volume of AK rifle and Universal Machine Gun fire from mercenary terrorists of Laskar-a-Toiba. Quickly assessing the situation he readjusted two companies to block all escape routes while he himself got down neutralising the fire.

After a heavy exchange of fire Lt Col HUS Gaur a soldier who always believed in leading from the front using cover moved forward from a flank and in a bold and unexpected action surprised the mercenaries completely. In the ensuing fire fight he killed three mercenaries.

Next Lt Col HUS Gaur, set about to tackle a Universal Machine Gun firing at him from behind a rock. Unmindful of the danger with bullets flying all around him, he in a act of most conspicuous bravery crawled forward with a grenade in his hand and lobbed it at the universal machine Gun position, killing yet another mercenary and neutralising the fire which otherwise would have inflicted a terrible loss of life to his troops.

Lt Col HUS Gaur in the best traditions of the Indian Army inspired his command and set an example of self sacrifice in saving lives of his troops. His grit and dogged determination to eliminate four Afghan/Pakistan mercenaries inspite of being critically wounded was an act of courage over and beyond the call of duty.

   
Major (now Brig) KS Chandpuri, Maha Vir Chakra Of the 23rd Battalion of The PUNJAB Regiment

Major KS Chandpuri was commanding a company of 23rd Battalion of the PUNJAB Regiment in a defended location in Longowal in Rajasthan on 3 December, 1971. In a heroic defence, he inflicted heavy casualties and forced the enemy to retreat. Major KS Chandpuri thus displayed conspicuous gallantry, inspiring leadership and exceptional devotion to duty in keeping with the highest traditions of the Indian Army.
   
2 Lt SS Samra, Maha Vir Chakra (Posthumous) Of the Brigade of The GUARDS

2 Lt SS Samara was commanding a platoon in a battalion of the Brigade of the Guards in the Eastern Sector in December 1971. Though seriously wounded he continued to lead the assault on a medium machine gun bunker before being felled by a machine gun burst. 2 Lt SS Samra thus displayed conspicuous bravery and determination and made the supreme sacrifice of laying down his life for the Country.
   

Major PS Ganapathi, Maha Vir Chakra Of the 8th battalion of The MAHAR Regiment

During OP PAWAN, on the night of 12/13 October 1987, ‘D’ Company under Maj PS Ganapathi was tasked to capture the village Maruthanamadam. Having achieved the objective ‘D’ company was again sent to capture the village Annai Kodai on 15/16 October 1987. Maj Ganapathi was successful in capturing the village by the morning of 16 Oct 1987; but was not able to establish any link with the Battalion HQ. Running short of ammunition he had to hold on against the militants who had surrounded the village and were pounding the defence of ‘D’ company. With utter disregard to his personal safety, Maj Ganapathi

kept moving from trench to trench to encourage his men to hold on at all costs. His motivation and personal example boosted the morale of the troops and the company held on against overwhelming odds. He displayed exemplary courage and determination and for this act of conspicuous gallantry and awarded Maha Vir Chakra.

   
Major Krishna Gopal Chatterjee, Maha Vir Chakra Of the 3rd Battalion of 4th GORKHA Rifles

Major KG Chatterjee was inducted into the Siachen alongwith his battalion on 18 September 1987 and his company took up the defence of Bilafond La Complex. Sensing a change of troops the enemy started shelling the posts on 22 September 87 and kept up the barrage till 24th September when the enemy launched a major attack on Ashok Post, despite being injured in the shelling, Maj Chatterjee motivated and guided his men personally and beat back the determined enemy attack. He displayed outstanding leadership in battle, cool courage and with utter disregard to his personal safety, he successfully conducted a vital operation.
   
2 Lt Rajeev Sandhu, Maha Vir Chakra Of the 7th Battalion of The ASSAM Regiment

On 19 July, 1988, 2 Lt Rajeev Sandhu, while leading a convoy of vehicles in Sri Lanka was fired upon by the militants. A direct hit by a rocket completely mutilated both his legs and he was crippled by heavy rifle fire. Undaunted by the superior strength of the enemy and with utter disregard to his own safety he fought the militants killing Kumaran of the LTTE. He displayed conspicuous bravery in the face of the enemy and made the supreme sacrifice.
   

Maj Padmapani Acharya, Maha Vir Chakra (Posthumous) Of the 2nd Battalion of The RAJPUT

Major Padmapani Acharya, ‘A’ company commander, was assigned to capture Knoll in area Black Rock, a heavily fortified enemy position with coordinated mine fields, sweeping machine guns, artillery fire and bunkers in mutual support. The success of the Brigade operations, hinged on the early capture of the Knoll. However, the company was pinned down by a heavy volume of fire of UMG from a bunker atop the Knoll which was the only approach. Realizing that the elimination of this bunker was essential for progress of attack he took the reserve platoon and charged on to the bunker. Major Acharya crawled up to the

bunker and lobbed a grenade inside. Even after being grievously injured, Major Acharya engaged the Pakistan regulars in hand to hand fight and killed one of them before succumbing to his injuries. The dynamism, raw courage, personal example and supreme sacrifice of Major Acharya enthused the troops and the Knoll was quickly overrun, providing the Battalion its foot hold on ‘Black Rock’.

   
Lt Balwan Singh, Maha Vir Chakra Of the 18th Battalion of GRENADIERS Regiment

Lt Balwan Singh, an alumnus of Sainik School Kunjpura, was commissioned from the OTA on 06 March 1999 into 18 Grenediers. Lieutenant Balwan Singh and his Ghataks were tasked to assault Tiger Hill Top on 03 July 1999 as part of multipronged attack from the North East direction. The route to the objective was untrodden, interspersed with pointed rocks and thick snow at a height of 16,500 feet. The officer executed his task with courage and determination. The team led and exhorted by him moved over twelve hours under intense artillery shelling to reach the designated spur.
   

Maj Sonam Wangchuk, Maha Vir Chakra Of the LADAKH Scouts

In Operation VIJAY as a part of ongoing operation Maj Sonam Wangchuk was leading a column of Ladakh Scouts on 30 May 99 for occupation of Ridge Line on the line of control in a glaciated area at 5,500 Meter to pre-empt enemy occupation and subsequent infiltration. While moving towards the line of control the enemy ambushed the column firing from a vantage point. One Havildar of Ladakh Scouts was killed. The officer held his column together and led a raid on the enemy position from a flank supported by artillery fire, killing two enemy personnel. The dead proved to be from enemy regulars. He recovered one Heavy Machine Gun, one Universal Machine Gun, ammunition, controlled stores and three dead bodies of the enemy personnel from the position. Maj Sonam on induction took stock of all forces in Chorbatla axis in the Batalik Sector and cleared the axis upto the Line of Control of all enemy intrusions at great risk to his life.

For this act of exceptional bravery and gallantry of the highest order in the face of enemy in most extreme cold climatic conditions in glaciated area, Maj Sonam Wangchuk was awarded Maha Vir Chakra.

   

Lt Keishing Clifford Nangrum, Maha Vir Chakra (Posthumous) Of the 12th Battalion of JAMMU AND KASHMIR Light Infantry.

C’ Company, 12 Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry was tasked to capture Point 4812 in square 1990, a strongly held enemy position of extreme tactical importance in Batalik Sector. SS-37111P Capt Keishing Clifford Nangrum was tasked to assault the feature from the South Eastern direction; an almost impossible climb. The column encountered strong enemy opposition near the top. The enemy was well entrenched in interconnected bunkers chiselled out of rocks; immune to even artillery fire. The defences were formidable. The enemy brought down heavy automatic and artillery fire on this column. The firefight continued for

approximately two hours. Capt Clifford led his section, closed in and threw grenades in the enemy’s front line bunkers and boldly charged, killing six enemy soldiers. He tried to snatch the Universal Machine Gun firing at own troops from the enemy but received a volley of bullets. This audacious action of Capt Clifford completely stunned the enemy. Heavily outnumbered and badly wounded Capt Clifford refused to be evacuated and continued firing till he succumbed to his injuries. This act of Capt Clifford gave valuable reaction time to out columns to capture Point 4812.Capt Clifford had displayed unparalleled bravery, dogged determination and raw courage. He made the supreme sacrifice in the highest traditions on the Indian Army.

   

Major Mitali Madhumita, SM (Gallantry), First Women Army Officer to get Gallantry Award

On 26 February 2010 Major Madhumita from the Army Education Corps displayed exemplary courage while rescuing injured officers as Taliban backed militants attacked the Noor Guest House in Kabul in which seven Indians lost their lives. On the day of the attack, Major Madhumita was the first officer to reach the Guest House when suicide bombers attacked it. She was staying in a nearby Guest House. Though unarmed, she ran close to two kilometers to reach the spot and rescued her colleagues whi were trapped under the debries. Tow Indian Army Officers died on the spot even as Major Madhumita managed to rescue a few others of the Army Training Team who were burried beneath the rubble and rushed them to hospital.

   
 
     
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