During the summers of 1999, the Indian Army defeated Pakistani army and terrorists backed by it in a war which was fought on the mountains of Kargil at an altitude more than 15,000 feet. The Kargil War 1999 was fought between May and July 1999. Generally during winters armies of both the sides leave their bunkers at high altitude places in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh and later during summers they reoccupy them. Kargil War 1999: A Story of Indian Army’s Valour and Pakistan’s Betrayal.
However, in 1999, Pakistan took undue advantage of India’s trust, Pakistan Army soldiers and mujahideens occupied Indian bunkers by crossing the Line of Control (LoC). The Kargil War 1999 broke out just three months after the then Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Yajpayee visited Pakistan with a message of peace and with a firm determination to solve the Kashmir issue peacefully in February that year. India came to know about the Pakistan’s plan in May, when the Indian Army’s patrol party led by Captain Saurabh Kalia, who went to the area did not report back to headquarters. Then the Indian Army auched the “Operation Vijay”. Kargil Vijay Diwas 2021 Celebrations: Lt Gen YK Joshi Leads ‘Dhruva Kargil Ride’ From Udhampur to Drass to Pay Tribute to Kargil War Heroes.
Here Are Param Vir Chakra Winners During The Kargil Wars:
Shaeed Captain Vikram Batra: Capt. Batra, PVC (9 September 1974 – 7 July 1999) was posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra, India’s highest and most prestigious award for valour, for his actions during the 1999 Kargil War. Batra joined the Indian Military Academy (IMA) at Dehradun, in June 1996 in the Manekshaw Battalion. The brave officer captured the Peak 5140 in Drass sector, without any casualties. He sacrificed his life while capturing the Point 4875 on July 7. Shaheed Captain Vikram Batra 22nd Martyrdom Day: Lt Gen YK Joshi Flies Over Batra Top to Pay Tribute to Kargil War Hero on His Balidan Diwas.
Shaheed Lieutenant Manoj Pandey: Lt Pandey (25 June 1975 – 3 July 1999) was also posthumously awarded the Param Veer Chakra. On the night of 3 July 1999 during the advance to Khalubar as his platoon approached its final objective, it came under heavy and intense enemy fire from the surrounding heights. Captain Pandey was tasked to clear the interfering enemy positions to prevent his battalion from getting day lighted. He got a fatal burst on his forehead while achieving his objective.
Grenadier Yogendra Singh Yadav: Yadav, Now Subedar Major, was awarded the Param Veer Chakra for his 4 July 1999 action during the Kargil War. He was part of the Ghatak team of 18 Grenadiers who launched an offensive after climbing the Tiger Hill from the rear side, taking the enemy by surprise. In spite of being grievously injured he kept on fighting.
Rifleman Sanjay Kumar: On 4 July 1999, as a member of the 13th Battalion, Jammu & Kashmir Rifles, Kumar, now Subedar, was the leading scout of a team tasked to capturing Area Flat Top, during the Kargil War. Having scaled the cliff, the team was pinned down by machine gun fire from an enemy bunker, about 150 meters away. He kept advancing towards the enemy and in a close fight killed three enemy soldiers. He was awarded the Param Veer Chakra for his bravery.
Mahavir Chakra Awardees:
Rajesh Singh Adhikari
Gurjinder Singh Suri
Keishing Clifford Nongrum
Shaheed Captain Vijayant Thapar was amongst the 53 Vir chakra awardees. Notably, Lt Gen YK Joshi, who 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, was also awarded Vir Chakra, the third highest war-time gallantry award.