Captain Amarinder Singh Orders Double Promotion For Kargil War Hero Satpal Singh

Hours after news surfaced that Kargil War hero and Vir Chakra awardee Satpal Singh was managing traffic as a senior constable in Sangrur district, Punjab Chief Minister on Friday took note of the matter and ordered double promotion for the gallantry award winner. He is now promoted to the rank of Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI). Satpal joined Punjab police in 2010 after his retirement from the Indian Army’s 8 Sikh Regiment. Kargil Vijay Diwas 20th Anniversary Celebrations: 13 JAK RIF Organises Motorcycle Expedition From Uttarakhand’s Mana Village to Kargil.

Satpal Singh Managing Traffic in Sangrur:

 

Capt Singh slammed the then Akali government for ignoring the Kargil War hero’s credentials at the time of his recruitment. The Punjab CM tweeted, “Have promoted Vir Chakra awardee Satpal Singh of the #KargilWar from senior constable to ASI. He deserves special treatment, which previous @Akali_Dal_govt didn’t deem fit to give him at the time of his recruitment in 2010. This is the least we can do for our brave soldiers.”

Captain Amarinder Singh’s Tweet:

Satpal was posted in Drass sector during Operation Vijay in 1999 and was part of the team that helped the Army capture Tiger Hill. Satpal killed Capt Karnal Sher Khan of the Northern Light Infantry of the Pakistani Army and three others. Capt Sher Khan was later conferred the Nishan-e-Haider, Pakistan’s highest gallantry award on the recommendation of the Indian Army. Vishal Batra, Brother of Captain Vikram Batra, Climbs 16,000-Foot-High Peak on 29th Death Anniversary of Kargil War Hero.

Indian Army’s Tweet:

Meanwhile, India on Friday celebrated the 20th aniiversary of the Kargil Vijay Diwas. Chiefs of all the the three wings of the Indian Defence Forces – General Bipin Rawat, Admiral Karambir Singh and Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa paid tribute to the martyrs of the Kargil War at War Memorial in Dras.

Speaking on the 20th anniversary of the Kargil victory, General Bipin Rawat gave a stern warning to Pakistan, saying, “You will get a bloodier nose next time”. President Ram Nath Koind also visited the Kargil War Memorial to pay homage to the war heroes.

(Picture Courtesy: Twitter & Indian Express)

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Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman Recommended For ‘Vir Chakra’, IAF Also Recommends 12 Fighter Pilots For Vayu Sena Medal For Carrying Out Air Strikes on JeM Camps in Pakistan

The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Saturday recommended Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman for the Vir Chakra, the third highest wartime gallantry award after the Paramvir Chakra and the Mahavir Chakra. The IAF officer has been recommended for the gallantry award for shooting down Pakistan’s F-16 fighter jet on February 27, after the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) warplanes violated the Indian airspace. Pakistan Air Force Pilot Shahzaz Ud Din Whose F-16 Was Shot Down by Wg Cd Abhinandan Varthaman Mistaken to be Indian; Lynched by PoK Locals?.

Along with Wing Commander Varthaman, the IAF also recommended 12 fighter pilots of Mirage-2000 aircraft for the Vayu Sena Medal for successfully carrying out air strikes on Jaish-e-Mohammed headquarters in Pakistan’s Balakot on February 26. Meanwhile, reports surfaced earlier in the day that Wg Cdr Varthaman is likely to resume duty and will fly fighter planes again. IAF Air Strikes in Pakistan: ‘We Don’t Count the Dead, Says Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa After BJP Chief Amit Shah Claims Over 250 JeM Terrorists Killed in Balakot.

According to reports, there are high chances of the IAF officer returning to a fighter cockpit soon but only after the final clearance by the Bengaluru-based Institute of Aerospace Medicine (IAM). However, The IAF transferred the officer out of the Srinagar airbase amid concerns over his security in Kashmir valley. The IAF officer has been posted to an important airbase in the Western sector. Lockheed Martin Busts Pakistan’s Lie; American Aircraft Manufacturer Not to Sue India For Claiming IAF’s MiG-21 Bison Shot Down PAF F-16 Fighter Jet.

Wg Cdr Varthaman was part of a team comprosing of six Mi-21 Bison pilots who took off from Srinagar, along with Su-30 MKIs, Mig-29s and Mirage-2000s from other air force stations in response to Pakistan’s airspace violation on February 27. According to reports, the dogfight lasted for about 15 minutes, during which the IAF pilot managed to “lock on” to PAF’s F-16 and then fired R-73 missile.

The PAF fighters dropped bombs at army formation camps in West of Rajouri in Sunderbani of Jammu and Kashmir. During the aerial combat, Wg Cdr Varthaman let loose the Vympel R-73 air-to-air missile at the Pakistan fighter jet, F-16, before he himself was hit. After ejecting from his MIg-21 Bison, his parachute drifted in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) where he was taken into custody by the Pakistani Army. Pakistan’s F-16 Which Violated Indian Air Space Shot Down by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman with Mig-21 Bison; IAF Presents Cover of AMRAAM Missile As Evidence.

The IAF officer was released almost after 60 hours  by Pakistan on March 1. After his return from Pakistan via the Attari-Wagah border, the IAF pilot underwent a series of medical tests at Army’s Research and Referral (R&R) hospital in Delhi.

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Indian Air Force Quashes Pakistan’s Claim of Not Using F-16 Fighter Jet Against India, Releases Radar Images of February 27 Aerial Combat

The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Monday released radar images quashed Pakistan’s claim that it had not usd F-16 fighter jets against India on February 27, the day when the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) violated the Indian airspace. Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor, Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Operations) in a media briefing said that there was more credible evidence available that the PAF used the F-16 warplace, but due to security and confidentiality concerns the IAF is restricting the information being shared in public domain. The IAF said that Pakistani aircraft fired multiple AMRAAM missiles which were defeated. Pakistan’s F-16 Which Violated Indian Air Space Shot Down by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman with Mig-21 Bison; IAF Presents Cover of AMRAAM Missile As Evidence.

Radar images released by the IAF:

“In the aerial combat that followed one MiG 21 Bison of the IAF piloted by Wing Commander Abhinandan shot down one F-16 of PAF. As shown in radar image on the slide. The F-16 crashed and fell across the LOC. The IAF lost one MiG21 in the aerial engagement and Abhinandan ejected safely but his parachute drifted across the Line of Control, and he was taken into custody by Pakistan Army,” said the Air Vice Marshal. ‘R-73 Selected’, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s Last Radio Message Before Ejecting Out of Mig-21 Bison.

Media briefing of the IAF:

The AWACS radar image of the engagement area west of the Line of Control opposite Jhangar shows that there were a bunch of F-16s opposite Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. Meanwhile, in a second image which was taken 10 seconds later, one of the F-16 fighter jets disappeared which is believed to be hit by the MIG-21 Bison piloted by Wg Cdr Vathaman. Pakistan Air Force Pilot Shahzaz Ud Din Whose F-16 Was Shot Down by Wg Cd Abhinandan Varthaman Mistaken to be Indian; Lynched by PoK Locals?

However, Pakistan claimed that it had not used F-16 jets during the aerial combat on February 27, a day after the IAF fighter jets destroyed Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camps in Pakistan’s Balakot. In the dogfight the IAF pilot’s MIG-21 Bison was also hit which forced him to eject.His parachaute drifted across the Line of Control (LoC) and was taken into custody by the Pakistani Army.

The IAF officer was released almost after 60 hours  by Pakistan on March 1. After his return from Pakistan via the Attari-Wagah border, the IAF pilot underwent a series of medical tests at Army’s Research and Referral (R&R) hospital in Delhi.

1971 India-Pakistan War: Meet Param Vir Chakras of The War Which Led to Formation of Bangladesh

On December 16, 1971, the Indian Army defeated the Pakistani Army. Around 93,000 Pakistani Army soldiers surrendered before our army. The war which went on for two weeks from December 3, 1971 to the fall of Dacca. Pakistan Army commander Lt. Gen. Niazi signed the documents of surrender before Lt. Gen. JS Aurora in Dacca on this day leading to the formation of Bangladesh. As per government data 1769 army personnel sacrificed their lives in the war. Meanwhile, 11 Air Force and 204 Navy personnel achieved martyrdom in the war.

Four Param Vir Chakras were given during this war:

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2nd Lt Arun Khetarpal

2nd Lt Arun Khetarpal:  21-yr old officer hailed from Pune. 2nd Lt. Joined 17 Poona horse regiment. He made supreme sacrifice in the Battle of Basantar on the eastern front. In spite being hit Khetarpal refused to vacate his tank. His last words to his commander on the radio sets were, “No Sir, I will not abandon my tank. My Main gun is still working and I will get these bastards.” Hi was awarded Param Vir Chakra posthumously for his gallantry.

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Major Hoshiar Singh

Major Hoshiar Singh: Major Hoshiar Singh belonged to 3 granediers. His battalion was given task to establish brigade head across the river Basantar in Shankargarh district between December 15 and December 17. River was well fortified by Pakistani army with mines on both sides. He was commanding the ‘C’ company. He was ordered to capture Pakistani post in Jarpal. Pakistani’s launched counter attack. He went from trench to trench motivating his men in spite of seriously injured. His courage and leadership repulsed the counter attack inflicting heavy causalities on Pakistani Army. For his bravery he was awarded Param Vir Chakra. He retired as Brigadier from the army.

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Lance Naik Albert Ekka

Lance Naik Albert Ekka: He achieved martyrdom on 3rd December in the Battle of Hilli on the eastern front. For his bravery during the battle he was posthumously awarded Param Vir Chakra.

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Flying Officer NirmalJeet Singh Sekhon

Flying Officer NirmalJeet Singh Sekhon: During the Indo-Pak war of 1971 he was serving No. 18 Squadron, ‘The Flying Bullets’ of The Indian Air Force’. Flying Officer Sekhon was flying Folland Gnat fighter stationed at Srinagar. He was awarded Param Vir Chakra posthumously for single-handedly defending Srinagar Air base against Pakistan Air Force air raid.