Kargil Vijay Divas is a day of glory for all of us Indians, it is Shaurya day, victory day. Exactly 21 years ago, on 26 July 1999, the Indian defense worrier conquered Kargil and knocked out Pakistan. In the war that lasted for about two months, 527 soldiers of India gave their martyrdom. Today the nation is bowing down to the martyrdom of these immortal soldiers, praising their valor saga. Read the story of 5 Knights of Kargil on this occasion….
1. Captain Saurabh Kalia
Captain Saurabh Kalia was the first martyr of the Kargil War. 5 more soldiers sacrificed with them. In fact, on 3 May 1999, a shepherd spotted some Pakistani soldiers on the high peaks of Kargil and informed the Indian Army. After this, on 15 May, Captain Kalia with his 5 soldiers set out towards Bajrang post. There he competed fiercely with enemies.
However, when his ammunition was over, Pakistan took him captive. During this, the Pakistanis tortured them and finally shot and killed them. 22 days later, on 9 June, Captain Kalia’s body was handed over to Pakistan by India. At that time he had neither eyes nor nose-ears. Only eyebrows were left that identified his body.
2. Captain Vikram Batra
Captain Vikram Batra, a warrior who shook enemies, a warrior whose bravery was also praised by the enemy, a warrior who after hoisting the tricolor on a peak said ‘Yeh Dil Mange Peacock’ and set out for another mission… Vikram Batra joined the Lieutenant’s post on 13 December 1997 at 13 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles. He became the captain within two years. During Kargil, he played an important role in winning 5 points.
During the fight, he had saved many companions regardless of his own life. On 7 July 1999, he was shot and killed while saving a companion. He was posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra. The then Indian Army Chief VP Malik had said about him that he would have replaced me one day if he had come back alive.
3. Subedar Major Yogendra Yadav
The story of the bravery of Subedar Major Yogendra Yadav is very interesting. At the age of 19, he rescued the 17,000 feet high Tiger Hill from the occupation of Pakistan. During the war Yogendra was hit by 15 bullets, he fainted. Pakistanis thought they had died. But to confirm they gave two bullets and stains, still they survived. He then killed 5 Pakistanis. Yogendra was awarded Paramveer Chakra, the highest honor of the army for his bravery.
4. Major Rajesh Singh Adhikari
Major Rajesh Singh was born on 25 December 1970 in Nainital, Uttarakhand. On 11 December 1993, he became part of the Infantry Regiment after training with the Indian Military Academy. He was part of the 18 Grenadiers during the Kargil War. On 29 May 1999, the Indian Army captured Tololing.
After this, on 30 May, the team of Major Rajesh Adhikari was given the responsibility to free the post from Tololing from the enemy’s possession. Rajesh was leading his team. During this time he was shot but he refused to go back. Even after being shot, they continued to fight and killed three enemies. He died on 30 May 1999. He was posthumously awarded the second-highest Indian military honor, the Mahavir Chakra.
5. Major Vivek Gupta
Major Vivek Gupta was born in Dehradun. His father was Colonel BRS Gupta Fauji. His first posting after passing the NDA examination took place in the 2 Rajputana Rifles on 13 June 1992. During the Kargil War, his team was given the responsibility to liberate Point 4590 from enemy occupation.
On 12 June, his team left. The enemy was at a height, they came to know that the Indian army had arrived. There was fierce firing from both sides. Major Gupta was hit by two bullets but even after that he killed three enemies and destroyed many bunkers of Pakistan. Major Vivek Gupta was martyred on 13 June 1999. He was posthumously awarded the Mahavir Chakra.