On Kargil Vijay Diwas, WION remembers all the Kargil heroes who sacrificed their lives for India.
Captain Vikram Batra, an officer of the Indian Army, who was awarded with the Param Vir Chakra, for his actions during the 1999 Kargil War in Kashmir between India and Pakistan. He led one of the toughest operations in mountain warfare in Indian history.
During the rescue attempt, he pushed aside his subedar, saying "Tu baal-bacchedar hai, hat ja peeche." (You have children, step aside) and was killed in action while clearing enemy positions.
Naik Digendra Kumar is a former member of the 2nd battalion of the Rajputana Rifles regiment of the Indian army. He was awarded the Mahavir Chakra on 15 August 1999, for his acts of bravery in the Kargil War. Kumar was hit by a bullet in his left arm, but he kept firing on the enemy with his light machine gun. Also, he was responsible for killing 48 Pakistani soldiers single-handedly and received total 18 bullets on his body armour.
Captain Jerry Prem Raj was a commissioned officer in the Indian Army during the Kargil War. He was the officer in charge of India's fight at Tiger Hill, during which he was severely injured. He died later the same day. Because of his effort in the battle, he was declared a war hero and was awarded the Vir Chakra, the third highest military honor of India.
Captain Clifford K Nongrum was an Indian army officer, who was martyred during the Kargil War. He is the first and the only recipient of Maha Vir Chakra, the second highest gallantry award from Meghalaya.
Severely injured, Lt Nongrum continued to fight hand-to-hand (he was a boxer too) with the Pakistani soldiers in an attempt to snatch the machine gun in the remaining bunker.
Captain Anuj Nayyar, was an Indian Army officer, who was awarded the Maha Vir Chakra, India's second highest gallantry award, for exemplary valour in combat during operations in the Kargil War.
Under Captain Nayyar's leadership, the company had successfully cleared three of the four bunkers and began its assault on the last remaining bunker.
While clearing the fourth bunker, an enemy rocket propelled grenade fell directly on Nayyar. Despite being grievously injured, Nayyar continued to lead the remaining men till he died.
Rifleman Sanjay Kumar is an Indian Army soldier, a Junior Commissioned Officer and recipient of the Param Vir Chakra, India's highest military award for his contribution in the Kargil War.
At the battle field, though he was bleeding from the bullet wounds, but he continued the charge towards the bunker. In hand-to-hand fighting, he killed three enemy soldiers and also survived.
Captain Neikezhakuo Kengurusewas was an Indian Army officer of 2 Rajputana Rifles, who was awarded the Maha Vir Chakra, India's second highest gallantry award, for exemplary valour in combat during operations in the Kargil War.
He climbed icy heights of Kargil barefoot to defeat the enemy, it was a bullet that hit him hard, but before falling off the cliff, he had done enough damage to the enemy and proved his mettle.
Major Padmapani Acharya was an officer in the Indian Army who was martyred at the battle field. He was awarded the Indian military honour, Maha Vir Chakra posthumously for his actions during the Kargil War.
Acharya was handed out the task of capturing a heavily backed enemy position. He was severely injured and unable to move, he ordered his men to leave him and attack at the enemy while he continued to fire until he died of injuries.