The Indian Army observed the 22nd martyrdom day of the 1999 Kargil War hero Shaheed Captain Vikram Batra. To commemorate the “Balidan Diwas” of Captain Batra, Lt Gen YK Joshi, the Commander of the Northern Command, flew over Batra Top in Sukhoi 30 MKI and paid tribute to his comrade. Notably, Lt Gen YK Joshi was the Commanding Officer of the 13 Jammu And Kashmir Rifles (JAK Rifles) at the time of the Kargil War and led the attack on Point 4875, which is now known as “Batra Top”. Kargil Vijay Diwas 2020: Know All About ‘Operation Vijay’ Launched By The Indian Army To Flush Out Pakistani Soldiers And Terrorists From Mountains of Kargil in 1999.
The Northern Command in a tweet, said, “#IndiaSalutesKargilHeroes On 7th July Capt Vikram Batra @SherShah led the capture of Pt 4875 & made supreme sacrifice. To commemorate his Balidan Diwas, #LtGenYKJoshi, #ArmyCdrNC, the then CO flew over Batra Top in Sukhoi 30 MKI & paid rich tributes to his Kargil War comrade.” Remembering Shaheed Captain Vikram Batra, ‘Shershaah’ of 1999 Kargil War, on His Martyrdom Day.
Tweet by The Northern Command:
Captain Batra joined the Indian Military Academy in 1996 and commissioned as a lieutenant into the 13 JAF Rif of the Indian Army on December 6, 1997. Shaheed Captain Batra had become a household name in India during the Kargil War. The young and jovial officer of the Indian Army, also code named as “Shershaah” in the Kargil War 1999.
During the war he played a pivotal role in the capture of Point 4875. He laid down hi life while achieving his mission and protecting his comrades. He attained martyrdom while fighting for his motherland on July 7, 1999. Point 4875 was named “Batra Top” after Shaheed Captain Vikram Batra.