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Postby Babui » 01 Jun 1999 04:23

I couldn't help but cry when I read these stories of our brave officers, Jawans and their families. My condolences to the families. And I wish ABV would stop these upcoming "talks" with Sartaj Aziz and give our armed forces permission to carry the war to the enemy. Our soldiers need to be avenged !!<BR>Folks - we have collected over $1400 for Maj HP Singh's family. Please send any further donations directly to India to the address given in www.armyinkashmir.org

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Postby Jagan » 01 Jun 1999 21:03

Yeah,<P>Right now, my boss is more worried about what he is going to tell my CEO about our Branch's May Sales figures thaneven think the people who are dying in kargil.<P>The Techie guys are more worried about their conveyance bills passed than about who is getting killed.<P>This nation needs to be forcibly conscripted for military service for some time.

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Postby Bishwa » 04 Jun 1999 23:41

From FrontLine<P>ON May 5, as summer set in on the Kargil heights, the 121 Brigade sent out its first reconnaissance patrol into the Kaksar area. The patrol's job was essentially to see whether the snow had retreated enough to allow troops to reoccupy their high-altitude summer positions along the Line of Control. Lieutenant V. Kalia and five soldiers went out into the mountains, never to return.<BR> Radio Skardu in Pakistan reported that Kalia was captured, but there has been no word of him since. Neither have the bodies of the other members of the patrol been sighted. Days later, a second patrol made up of a Lieutenant and eight soldiers vanished in the Batalik area. It later transpired that the officer and one soldier died bravely covering the retreat of the other six soldiers.

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Postby Mahadev » 09 Jun 1999 05:13

Yes, most indian citizens in India and abroad are still blissfully wrapped up in their lives,<P>but, this is where BR is performing an invaluable contribution; if we keeping parrotting the message long enough. The good in our people will awake and they will recognize the various issues facing us.<P>I keep plugging away, with copying articles like the above battles and sending to all my email contacts.<P>Keep going folks, there is a lot of good to come. The lives lost above teach us not to give up.<P>Jai Hind

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Postby Guest » 10 Jun 1999 07:14

LNS,<P>There could be some repetiions, <P>Major Ajay Prasad<BR>Sepoy Bajinder Singh 16 Gren Himachal<BR>Sepoy Arvind Pandey 1 Bihar Bihar<BR>Rfn Sunil Jang Mahat <BR>Major Kamlesh Prasad <BR>Lieut Amit Bhargava (Missing)<BR>Lieut Saurav Kalia (Mispelled in your list as V Kalia)<BR>L/Nk Hira Singh <BR>Sepoy Manas Ranjan Sahoo Orissa<P> <P><p>[Note: This message has been edited by Jagan]

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Postby Babui » 10 Jun 1999 19:11

SLAIN BIHAR REGIMENT LANCE NAIK CREMATED <BR> <BR>ARA (BIHAR), JUNE 10 (PTI) THE MORTAL REMAINS OF THE SLAIN LANCE NAIK OF BIHAR REGIMENT, VIDYANAND SINGH, WERE TODAY CONSIGNED TO FLAMES WITH FULL STATE HONOURS AT HIS NATIVE PANPURA VILLAGE IN BHOJPUR DISTRICT. <P>HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE, INCLUDING CHIEF MINISTER RABRI DEVI, RJD PRESIDENT LALOO PRASAD YADAV, A HOST OF STATE MINISTERS AND RJD SPOKESMAN SHIVANAND TIWARI WERE PRESENT. <P>THE BIHAR CHIEF MINISTER, RABRI DEVI, LATER HANDED OVER A CHEQUE FOR RS TEN LAKH TO THE WIDOW OF THE SLAIN ARMY MAN, PARVATI DEVI, AS EX-GRATIA PAYMENT ON BEHALF OF HER GOVERNMENT. <P>THE CHIEF MINISTER SAID THAT THE STATE GOVERNMENT WOULD ALSO PROVIDE A JOB TO THE WIDOW. <P>SINGH, WHO JOINED THE BIHAR REGIMENT ON FEBRUARY 26, 1986, WAS AWARDED VEER CHAKRA FOR HIS OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE DURING MILITARY OPERATIONS AGAINST NAGA MILITANTS. <P>MARTYR SINGH WAS SURVIVED BY HIS PARANTS, WIDOW, FOUR DAUGHTERS AND TWO SONS. <P>HE WAS KILLED IN ACTION IN THE BATLIK SECTOR OF JAMMU AND KASHMIR ON JUNE SEVEN.<P>[LNS - Add the brave Lance-Naik to your list of heroes]<P><BR> <BR> <BR>

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Postby Babui » 10 Jun 1999 19:26

Lt. Haneefuddin was reported to be from Army Service Corps deputed to Rajputana Rifles. [I read this in one of the major newspapers a few days ago but can't recollect which one]<P>Along with Major Saravanan, another soldier from Tamil Nadu, Selvakumar of Chinnamanur in Theni, also died in action. While Selvakumar was cremated in the battle front, the body of Major Saravanan is being brought to Tiruchi for funeral with full military honours.<BR>[Source: the posting above "'Hero of Batalik' Major Saravanan had heroism in blood <P>DH News Service <BR>CHENNAI, June 1"]<BR>Another hero on the roll call of honor<P><BR>

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Postby Bishwa » 12 Jun 1999 16:51

Rediff on Batalik Top action:<P>With Captain Amol Kalia and 13 of his jawans laying down their lives in an<BR> exceptionally gallant operation to win back a key position in the Batalik<BR> sub-sector yesterday, the casualties among Indian troops rose to 86 dead,<BR> 220 wounded and eight missing in action.

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Postby Sasi » 12 Jun 1999 19:48

<A HREF="http://www.rediff.com/news/1999/jun/12kash11.htm" target="external"><B>Capt Amol Kalia and his 13 gallant men</B></A><P>The recapture of a key position in the Batalik sector yesterday by Capt Amol Kalia and 13 of his men, all of whom died, was one of the bravest acts seen in the Kargil sector in the ongoing operations against Pakistani soldiers and Mujahideen. <P>Twentyfive Pakistani soldiers were killed before the 14 Indian troops from the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry and parachute commandos laid down their lives on the north-western slopes of the position at a height of about 16,000 feet after seven hours of intense fighting. <P>According to army spokesman Col Bikram Singh, the Pakistanis were well-entrenched and had made a number of field fortifications. Since the infiltrators had covered most of the approaches by fire, the Indian troops, in the face of intense shooting and heavy odds, scaled the objective and reached the top employing specialised mountaineering techniques. <P>The enemy counter-attacked the position during the early hours yesterday in which the light machine gun detachment personnel accompanying Capt Kalia were killed. Capt Kalia was seriously wounded but, showing exemplary courage, he picked up the LMG and charged at the Pakistanis killing four of them. Later he succumbed to injuries. <P>"In this operation, Capt Kalia along with 13 other ranks made the supreme sacrifice in the highest traditions of the Indian Army. But for the selfless devotion to duty marked with exemplary courage displayed by these gallant soldiers, the recapture of this vital position would not have been possible", Col Singh said.<BR>

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Postby Babui » 13 Jun 1999 05:46

[Source: The Hindu June 13]<BR>Jawan cremated <P><BR>DARJEELING, JUNE 12. Hundreds of mourners stood in silence as First rifleman Linchon Pradhan, 11th Gorkha Regiment (GR), was laid to rest at Pulungdong Bustee, near here, this afternoon. <P>The body of Pradhan, who died in action in Kargil on June 8, was escorted by his regiment's officers on Friday. He was the first hillman from Darjeeling to have become a martyr. <P>Mourners from all over the town paid their respects to the departed hero before the last rites were performed by his family. <P>

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Postby Babui » 13 Jun 1999 05:55

[Source: Hindusthan Times Jun 13]<BR>When sobs robbed Vajpayee of words <BR>Lucknow, June 12 (Pankaj Jaiswal) <P>IT TURNED out to be a confluence of grieving souls at the Command Hospital tonight. <P>A wife grieving the death of her husband—Kewalanand; a father and mother mourning the loss of their son—Sunil Jang, a Kargil martyr. And, the Prime Minister mourning the loss of two brave soldiers. Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee returned the ‘welcome smiles’ and ‘gentle handshakes’ of Army officers with smiles. But these smiles were his last of the two-day whirlwind tour of his parliamentary constituency, before he left for Amausi airport. <BR>

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Postby Kaushal » 14 Jun 1999 19:18

Major Adhikari's body recovered. Can anybody confirm that Major Saravanan's body was recovered and has been returned to his family. Is there a count of bodies that have not been recovered but are known to have been killed and their names. Does the count of 104 killed include all those whose bodies have not been recovered ?<BR>Kaushal<BR>General Two key positions recaptured, 17 army<BR> men killed <P> New Delhi: The Indian army on Monday recaptured<BR> two key positions north of the vital Tololing height<BR> from Pakistani intruders after a fierce hand-to-hand<BR> battle, reducing considerably the threat to the<BR> Srinagar-Leh national highway, but lost one officer<BR> and 16 men, the highest casualty for any single<BR> operation in the Kargil sector so far.<P> Major Vivek Gupta, two junior commissioned officers<BR> and five soldiers of the Rajputana Rifles battalion and<BR> nine grenadiers were killed in the gun battle as troops<BR> evicted the infiltrators from area ‘Saddle’ and ‘Point<BR> 4590’.<P> With the capture of Tololing and Point 4590, the<BR> nearest point overlooking the national highway, “the<BR> threat to the road and military convoys has been<BR> reduced considerably”, an army spokesperson said<BR> here. He said since the attack was launched along<BR> an extremely difficult approach, the intruders were<BR> completely surprised which resulted in fierce<BR> hand-to-hand combat. “The enemy was forced to flee<BR> leaving behind a number of dead Pakistan army<BR> soldiers with large quantity of arms and ammunition,”<BR> he said.<P> Indian armed forces have so far lost 103 personnel,<BR> including eight officers, while 242 have been wounded<BR> and eight are missing, he said, adding the number of<BR> Pakistan army regulars killed is 267. Quoting latest<BR> reports received from Drass sector, he said the<BR> grenadiers had progressed beyond Point 4590 and<BR> the heights north of this feature have also been<BR> recaptured.<P> Air force combat jets on Monday did not engage in<BR> attacks and carried out “limited operations” in Kargil<BR> sector, an air force spokesperson said adding there<BR> was no specific demand from the army for air strikes.<P> The spokesperson said the pay book of Sepoy<BR> Ghulam Haider of Pakistan army’s Six Northern Light<BR> Infantry had been recovered in the operations north of<BR> Tololing, besides weapons, including three rocket<BR> launchers, eight machine guns, automatic grenade<BR> launcher, mortars, 13 AK-56 rifles, 24 mines, huge<BR> quantities of ammunition and different types of<BR> grenades and three gas masks.<P> He termed as “absolutely absurd” the Pakistan army<BR> charge that Indian troops had used chemical shells.<BR> “The Indian army does not use chemical weapons.<BR> New Delhi is a member of the Chemical Weapons<BR> Convention and is aware of the obligations under it.”<P> The spokesman said the body of Major R S Adhikari,<BR> who was killed during the battle of Tololing on May<BR> 29, has been recovered.<P> Continuing to target innocent and defence less<BR> civilian in Kargil sector, Pakistani troops also<BR> resorted to unprovoked artillery and mortar shelling<BR> along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kanzalwan,<BR> Poonch, Krishanghati, Bhimbergalli and Nowshera,<BR> he said, adding “we have responded in a befitting<BR> manner”.<P> Asked about steps taken by India in the wake of<BR> reports of a military build up on the other side of the<BR> LoC, the spokesperson said adequate measures<BR> have been taken to safeguard the country. Asserting<BR> that New Delhi respected the LoC, he said Indian<BR> artillery guns were being used only to silence guns<BR> being fired from the Pakistani side of the LoC.<P> Major supply routes to support the intruders have<BR> been cut off, he said, while admitting that it was “very<BR> difficult” to snap every such line. “The operations to<BR> isolate enemy positions and to degrade its fighting<BR> potential are progressing satisfactorily and reports<BR> from various sources continue to indicate a sagging<BR> state of morale of enemy troops in the pockets of<BR> intrusion,” he said.<BR>

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Postby Rupak » 24 Jun 1999 00:42

How Tololing was won: ToI <BR>By Rashme Sehgal<P>DRASS: The battle to win the crucial Tololing ridge will go down as one of the most hard-earned victories for the Indian Army fighting in Kargil. It was imperative to end the Pakistani occupation of the ridge as from the peaks the enemy could directly fire down at a four- kilometre stretch of the Srinagar- Leh highway.<P>Col Ravindra Nath, commandant of 2 Rajputana Rifles, whose regiment spearheaded this attack on June 16, says, ``The enemy had one of the deepest penetrations at Tololing which is at a height of 15,000 ft. The Pakistani soldiers were strongly entrenched and we had to fight our way up inch by inch, from one boulder to the next...<P>``We had planned it out as a night operation so that the enemy could not track us down easily. Each of my Jawans was carrying a fighting load of 15 to 17 kg of equipment. Since there is little oxygen in the air, you need to stop and regain your breath every few steps.''<P>Drass is the second coldest place in the world and on the night of June 16, it was drizzling and a biting cold wind swept the valley. It was snowing in the upper ridges.<P>``We had the advantage of artillery support and used a lot of LMG firing as our troops wound their way up. We fought an extremely valiant enemy who launched several counter-attacks before retreating. We realised that we were up against professionally trained fighters who were neither militants nor Taliban members. Though they were dressed in track suits and Pathan suits, the documents of those who died fighting showed they were all Pakistani regulars,'' he adds.<P>Col Nath points to fellow officer Lt Praveen Tomar with just three months' service behind him. Tomar led a platoon into battle and was making a direct assault when Maj Vivek Gupta asked him to attack from the right so that he could take the enemy head-on. Maj Gupta was hit directly but before he fell, he lobbed a grenade thereby paving the way for Indian soldiers to enter a bunker.<P>The battle went on through the night. ``We destroyed all the enemy bunkers and there were bodies of enemy soldiers strewn all over the place. We gave each of them a decent burial. Intermittent firing from the sides continued for some time before things settled down.''<P>Before the attack, the Indian Army had carried out a detailed reconnaissance of enemy formations. That led to the decision to go in for a frontal attack. ``Our soldiers had spent four days simulating the attack,'' he says.<P>``One of the key reasons for our victory is that we are better trained and more determined than the enemy. Our officers also fight upfront which is why our casualty rate is higher than theirs. The Jawans told me before we went into battle that since the entire Ladakh depended on our winning this ridge, they would fight till the last man.''<P>The regiment paid a heavy price for this victory. Col Nath states, ``Our casualty figures were very high. I lost two officers, two JCOs and nine Jawans. Twenty-five of my men were injured, 14 of them seriously. When I reached the top and saw the bodies of my officers and Jawans, I started crying. I was in a state of shock. We had accomplished the task but it had taken a heavy toll.''<P>The 2 Rajputana Rifles is one of the most highly decorated regiments of the Indian Army. It was the first to win the Victoria Cross.<BR>

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Postby Calvin » 30 Jun 1999 19:52

Indian troops clear Point 4700, Knoll, Three Pimples and Lone Hill <P>New Delhi: The Indian army cleared strategic Point 4700 and enemy positions in Knoll, Three Pimples and Lone Hill, losing 26 men, but was successful in pushing Pakistani army soldiers and militants to 1.5 km from the Line of Control (LoC) in Drass sector as air force planes severely damaged supply camps of intruders in day and night operations.<P>The Indian casualties in the fighting during the last three days is the highest so far in Kargil operations in so short a period, taking the toll to 201 killed, 384 wounded and nine missing. The Pakistan army has lost 428 men, besides 183 militants and mercenaries, army spokesperson Col Bikram Singh said on Wednesday.<P>As part of the well planned offensive, attacks were launched by ground forces from the night of June 28 on enemy positions to the west of the Tololing ridge in Drass sector. A Garhwal Rifles battalion attacked Point 4700 which was held by 30 Pakistan soldiers and militants. At first light on Tuesday, the feature was captured and Indian troops went ahead a kilometre along the ridgeline.<P>Col Singh said while heavy casualties were inflicted on the Pakistanis, 11 Indian jawans were killed in the operations while seven were wounded. Three AK rifles, three heavy machine guns with tripods and spare barrels, a rocket launcher, a 12.7 mm anti-aircraft gun with spare barrel, a large quantity of ammunition, sleeping bags, telephones, pup tents and rations were recovered by the Indian troops, he said.<P>Three officers—Maj P Acharya, Lt Vijayant Thapar and Lt N Kenguruse—were killed along with 12 jawans when a battalion of the Rajputana Rifles stormed Knoll, Three Pimples and Lone Hill, west of Point 4700. This gallant battalion had captured Saddle and Point 4590, north of Tololing on June 13-14. Knoll and Three Pimples were held by 30 to 40 Pakistani soldiers and since only two avenues were available to reach there along knife-edged ridgelines, the attack had to go through approaches that were effectively covered by enemy fire, Col Singh said.<P>While Knoll and Three Pimples were captured, against heavy odds, on Tuesday morning, Lone Hill came under Indian control by 1800 hours (IST) in the evening. Col Singh said as per last reports from troops in contact, reinforcements of a grenadiers battalion had progressed beyond Lone Hill.<P>He said at least 40 Pakistan army soldiers and militants had been killed in these operations. Besides the 15 killed, 15 Indian soldiers were injured. Two AK rifles, three universal machine guns, one telephone, 50,000 rounds of ammunition and rations enough to look after 30 people for a month were recovered by Indian troops.<P>More importantly, Col Singh said the capture of these positions had considerably removed the observation of national highway 1A and provided a firm base to further the army's operations to evict the intruders.<P>Col Singh said in Batalik sub sector, while one of the advance positions of the intruders had been pushed back, two encircling manoeuvres undertaken by Indian troops to interdict the line of communications of the enemy had been highly successful.<P>Another animal transport column of 20 mules and 10 personnel, trying to bring in reinforcements for Pakistani soldiers, was effectively stopped from progressing after Indian troops resorted to artillery fire in Drass sector.<P>Replying to questions, Col Singh said the infiltrators had been pushed back to 1.5 km from the LoC in Drass sector and this was a major gain. In other parts of Kargil sector, the operations were on to evict them, he added. He said the strength of the intruders continued to be around 700 as casualties were replenished with fresh men. But the important factor was that the positions held by the Pakistanis had been recaptured.<P>The military operations officer said it was very difficult to neutralise the enemy from every pocket of intrusion in the mountains. “The resistance will continue. That's why we are having casualties. We are taking so much time to soften targets because we do not want to have more casualties.”<P>Regarding reports from Pakistan that over 500 Indian army personnel had been killed, he said the casualties being given out at the briefings were the real figures. “We respect every Indian soldier. We are accountable to his family. We cannot hide these things,” he said.<P>Air force spokesperson Group Captain D N Ganesh, joint director of operations, showed photographs to prove the success of the operations by IAF planes in Mantho Dhalo, Kaksar and Drass areas. A daylight attack on June 28 on an enemy supply camp at Kukar Thang in the Mantho Dhalo area was a resounding success. The camp was severely damaged and explosion of a big fuel dump was seen by Indian troops who were just 800 meters away.<P>On Tuesday morning and night, the strikes at Jubar in Mantho Dhalo area as well as Kaksar destroyed camps. The new techniques of attacking targets, developed by the western air command, had proved successful at night too, Group Captain Ganesh said.<P>Selected hill features in Drass sector were also attacked round the clock. Regular reconnaissance missions to detect and monitor activities in the administrations camps of the Pakistanis had been fruitful, he said. The enemy’s major supply and administration camps at Kaksar, Mantho Dhalo and north of Mushkoh valley were under regular surveillance and were being attacked as required.<P>Col Singh said unprovoked firing by Pakistan continued at Keran, Macchal, Poonch, Uri, Krishnaghati, Bhimbergali, Naushera, Sunderbani and Palanwala sectors.<BR>

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Postby Kaushal » 01 Jul 1999 05:36

A Hyderabadi son's final journey to Kargil<P> Shireen in Hyderabad <P> Major Padmaphani Acharya, 31, hailing from Hastinapur on the city's<BR> outskirts, was killed on Monday in the Kargil operations. He was hit by<BR> enemy shelling. <P> His family was informed about his death on Tuesday. Local residents took<BR> out a rally and raised slogans hailing his martyrdom. Acharya was born on<BR> June 21, 1968 and graduated from Osmania University. <P> Later, he joined the Indian Army in 1993. After completion of training at<BR> Madras, he was commissioned into the Rajputana Rifles. He was posted in<BR> Assam and Delhi before being sent to Kashmir. <P> He was married to Charulatha in 1996 and the couple was expecting their<BR> first child. Padmaphani's father Jagannatham, a retired Indian Air Force<BR> officer, took the news about his son's death with pride. <P> He said his second son, Captain Padma Sambhav Acharya, is also fighting<BR> in Kargil. "I am prepared to sacrifice my other son also for the sake of our<BR> motherland," the proud father said.

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Postby Calvin » 07 Jul 1999 19:54

A r m y <BR>U P D A T E<P>J u l y 06, 1 9 9 9<BR> <P>1. The Chief of Army Staff is pleased to make a special instant award of "Unit Citation" to 108 Medium Regiment, for their valour and indomitable resolve during Op Vijay. This unit provided accurate and devastating fire relentlessly, round the clock, inflicting very heavy damage and casualties on the enemy. The shock effect, casualties and destruction caused on the enemy positions by 108 medium Regiment significantly facilitated the infantry operations in the capture of Tololing Ridge, Point 5140, Tiger Hill and Point 4875 in the Dras Sector.<P>2. The over all performance of the unit has been exemplary and professionalism displayed by all ranks of the unit in the face of the enemy fire is highly commendable in the highest traditions of the Gunners and the Army.<P>3. In the Batalik Sector, in an exceptionally gallant operation, the troops of a battalion of 11 Gorkha Rifles have captured Khalubar, a very dominating feature, on night 05/06 July 1999. As per the last reports received from the troops in contact, 43 enemy Sangars have been cleared in the area and the troops have advanced further Northwards, where fierce fighting is going on at present. This operation was personally led by Col. Lalit Rai, the Commanding Officer of the battalion, who despite being wounded on 04 July 1999, has refused to be evacuated. In this operation, 23 enemy soldiers have been killed and three of our soldiers have made the supeme sacrifice in the highest traditions of the Indian Army. In addition, during the mopping up operations, so far, two heavy weapons viz, 12.7 mm KPVT and 14.5 mm KPVT have been recovered along with quantity of ammunition and documents belonging to 5 Northern Light Infantry. Further, the enemy has also left behind 11 dead bodies dumped in a shallow pit in this area.<P>4. In another gallant operation in Batalik sector, the troops of a battalion of Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry have captured Point 4812 on night 05/06 July 1999. It may be recalled that this battalion had earlier captured Point 5203 on night 10/11 June 1999. In this operation, 26 enemy soldiers have been killed in fierce fighting on this position. On our side, three soldiers have made the supreme sacrifice in the highest traditions of the Indian Army.<P>5. In yet another simultaneous operation launched by the gallant soldiers of Ladakh Scours, Dog Hill, which is to the West of Point 5000, has also been captured on night 05/06 July 1999. In this operation, six enemy soldiers have been killed and two Heavy Machine Guns, one Sniper Rifle and two G-3 Rifles alongwith large quantity of ammunition have been recovered.<P>6. In Dras sector, the mopping up operations at Tiger Hill top and Point 4875 captured earlier on night 03/04 July and 04/05 July 1999 respectively, are in progress. Fierce fighting is still going on the Spur emanating from Tiger Hill top.<P>7. We have reliable inputs to reveal that Chitral Scouts are also being employed along with the Northern Light Infantry battalions in the pockets of intrusion.<P>8. The enemy continued with unprovoked artillery and mortar firing in Kanzalwan, Keran, Tangdhar, Naugam, Uri, Punch, Bhimbergalli, Naushera, Sunderbani and Palanwala Sectors. We have responded in a befitting manner.<P>

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Postby Y I Patel » 07 Jul 1999 22:12

Please look at the photos of the heroes at<P> <A HREF="http://www.nic.in/India-Image/PIB/indopakp.html" TARGET=_blank>www.nic.in/India-Image/PIB/indopakp.html</A> <P>An aside to the webmasters - this site belongs to the Press Information Bureau. It is supposed to disseminate the photographs, so getting permission should not be a problem - infact, you may not even need permission so long as you acknowledge PIB as your source. You should transfer all the photographs for a future BR web-page on Operation Vijay.<P>-Vikram<BR>

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Postby Muppalla » 08 Jul 1999 22:25

From IE<BR>Thousands bid tearful fareweel to war hero <P>SHILLONG: Thousands of people bade a tearful farewell to Capt. Keishing Ningrum, the first war hero of Meghalaya, when he was laid to rest at the Presbyterian cemetery ground here today with full military honour, reports PTI. <P>The last remains of Capt. Nongrum arrived here yesterday and were kept at his residence at Demthring locality. Wreaths were placed by a large number of people, including the state governor, M.M. Jacob, the chief minister, B. B. Lyngdoh, and Air Marshal Manjit Sb. Sekhon, and on behalf of different organisations. <P>All government offices were closed as the government declared a holiday today under N.I. Act and shops, markets, business establishments, banks and educational institutions were closed. City buses also went off the roads as a mark of respect. <P>Speaking on the occasion, Jacob appealed to the people of the state to take a pledge to protect the motherland at any cost. The village elder of Nongrum's locality announced that one of the lanes in the area would be named after Captain Nongrum. <P>

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Re: More Supreme sacrifices - List of Kargil Heroes

Postby Muppalla » 09 Jul 1999 01:18

Bravery is their hallmark <BR>By Prakash Bhandari<P>The Times of India News Service<P>JAIPUR: The largest number of martyrs who have laid down their lives at Kargil are from Rajasthan. So far, 43 defence personnel from the state have died in the operation. Most of those who died are from Shekhawati and Marwar regions, from where the largest number of warriors hail.<P>In fact, down the ages, the brave men of Rajasthan have always been at the forefront of every major battle. During the First World War, as many as 2,000 soldiers from Jhunjhunu laid down their lives while fighting for the British. About 500 soldiers who fought in the Second World War are still getting their pension in the district.<P>The men rose to the occasion again in 1947-1948 when a fledgling free India was threatened by Razakars infiltrators who sneaked into the Kashmir Valley from the Pakistani side.<P>Among the soldiers who fought the Razakars was Peeru Singh, the first recipient of the ``Paramvir Chakra'', the highest gallantry award in the country. A company havildar of Rajputana Rifles, he was sent to the Teethwal sector in Kashmir to counter the Razakars intruders.<P>Peeru Singh, a native of Jhunjhnu district, was made the company major when the sixth battalion of the Rajputana Rifles was ordered to clear the intruders from the Ricchmar Pass in southern Teethwal sector.<P>With virtually no means of communications, Peeru Singh led his men through a treacherous hilly terrain on foot, ready to face the any surprise attacks by the lurking enemy.<P>After trudging through several miles on foot with heavy military hardware on their backs, the inevitable encounter took place when the intruders suddenly struck. But Peeru Singh was ready to face the enemy bullets. Taking up a vantage position, he fire up on the enemy's bunkers, causing heavy casualties.<P>Despite the spray of bullets, Peeru Singh crawled up to an enemy bunker and threw hand grenades on it to silence the guns which were spewing fire. He continuously fired from his sten gun, killing a large number of enemies. While fighting, he fell to a bullet which hit his head.<P>Even today, tales of how Peeru Singh fought and defeated the Razakars are recounted by the people of Jhunjhunu. In memory of this Paramvir Chakra recipient stands a bronze statute of Peeru Singh outside the Jhunjhunu railway station. The tales of his bravery still inspires many to join the army.<P>Jhunjhunu accounts for 25,000 soldiers who are serving the army at present. Among its notable sons is the former naval chief, Admiral Vijay Singh Shekhawat.<P>There is not a single village in the district from where someone or the other is not serving the armed forces. Jhunjhunu has produced 81 soldiers who have been decorated with various awards for bravery.<BR>

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Re: More Supreme sacrifices - List of Kargil Heroes

Postby Babui » 11 Jul 1999 05:20

LNS - Thanks for the great job you're doing in keeping up this thread. We will not forget their sacrifices.

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Re: More Supreme sacrifices - List of Kargil Heroes

Postby Calvin » 13 Jul 1999 19:09

Rediff: Raveena Tandon in Kargil<P>I heard a delegation was going to visit the soldiers in Kargil. At once I said I wanted to be part of it. The injured from Kargil are taken for treatment to Srinagar. From there they're moved to Delhi. In Delhi they recoup and go back to fight if able. <P>I was completely overwhelmed as soon as I walked into Delhi hospital. I would've burst into tears but I knew people would say "she's acting." So I controlled my feelings, telling myself that I'm here for a job. <P>I went and sat with the soldiers. Some didn't at once recognise me, but then they said, "Yes, yes, you look different in your films..." <P>There was this Andhra soldier with whom I conversed in Telugu. I asked him if he had seen Banga burudu, my Telugu film. He said he had. <P>Then there were soldiers from Punjab and Maharashtra. All of us were from different places but we were all one there. Ironically, this fight has brought us all closer. I realised I hate war not only because it's loss of life but it's a loss of humanity, it's loss of love on this planet. <P>People might ask why did these artistes come here. But you should have seen how buoyed the soldiers were that we had come. I told them that we were able to walk on the streets because they were catching the bullets in their chests. I told them they were our brothers protecting us, and we had come to thank them. <P>I remember Ashish, a young jawan, who was paralysed. He was weeping. Not because of his misfortune. Not because of the excruciating pain he was in. <P>Ashish was weeping at his inability to get back to the battlefield. <P>I felt ashamed that I couldn't do anything. It gave me some measure of reassurance that I could at least create some awareness. <P>Since I came back it's been so much on my mind that everything else pales into insignificance. Everything else appears like we are jokers sitting here and crying about petty little sorrows. I felt so small. I felt that if I could use my face, my status to do anything to contribute to these people I would. It has absolutely changed the way I look at things. <P>We insisted on going to Kargil. Not everyone was given permission but we insisted and we had to sign that we were going at our own risk. We went to Kargil by chopper. From Delhi we went to Srinagar. <P>At 1630 hours we went to the Srinagar hospital. We heard incidents from the soldiers themselves. There was Captain Sangram, who had lost his leg. His wife was sitting with him. When I got up to leave would you believe what he told me? He held my hand and said: <P>"You know Raveena, I'm disappointed, I'd promised my head to the nation but those ******** only took my leg. I want to go back and give my head." <P>His wife started crying. I said, "Listen you should be proud of him, he is a hero." <P>When they saw Sunil Shetty they at once identified him as the actor in Border. "You are our son," they said. <P>I've taken all their names and numbers. I'm expecting calls and letters from them. There was this young soldier, Dipal, who had lost this right arm. <P>"I'm practising writing with my left hand and I will write to you," he told me. <P>I've already put across a proposal, wherein I'm going to organise with Pramod Mahajan's son to go there and entertain the soldiers. I'm planning to take a team there. <P>I could not see what happened in 1971 because I was born that year. I have never seen war. I'm seeing it now. <P>From Srinagar we flew over Drass, Batalik. We saw Tiger Hill from the army helicopter. We landed at Kargil. I remember thinking that it is all so beautiful till I saw the scars of war... Let me tell you about Angrez Singh. <P>He was walking behind his senior officer. Shelling was going on. One shell burst near him and blew off his leg. He didn't say a word, but picked up his leg, slung it round his neck and hopped to his destination. Then a bullet hit him and passed through his heart. But he's still alive. <P>"See, I didn't take the bullet in my back but right through my heart!" Singh told George Fernandes when he visited. <P>He has become a legend, a hero. This is the kind of spirit these people show. There are young boys, 18 and 19 years old -- and all they want is get well soon and get back. They were like us; they'd seen movies, they all knew my songs, and were just like anybody else. Yet, their spirit is amazing... <P>Just as we were departing, someone came and announced that we'd captured a new part. I cried so much that Salman Khan and Jaaved Jaffrey were hard put to convince me that they were going to be all right, that some of those injured would be okay again. <P>I want to tell everyone: Stop before we destroy this whole planet. Why are we doing it? WHAT FOR? <P>Actress Raveena Tandon spoke to Lata Khubchandani. <BR>

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Re: More Supreme sacrifices - List of Kargil Heroes

Postby Calvin » 13 Jul 1999 19:13

INdia Today: Bajrang Post regained, mopping up operations on <P>Kargil: Indian troops on Tuesday regained the strategic Bajrang Post and continued mopping-up operations in Kaksar, Batalik and Drass sectors even as Pakistan resorted to heavy shelling in Kargil town and its periphery. The Bajrang Post in Kaksar was regained as troops marched forward towards the Line of Control (LoC) as Pakistani forces continued their retreat from this area and from Mushkoh valley.<P>The bodies of five Indian soldiers, including that of Lt Amit Bhardwaj of Four Jat regiment, were recovered during the mopping-up operations in Kaksar. These soldiers had been missing in action since mid May. The body of Pakistani army regular Havildar Ashraf, of Four Northern Light Infantry (NLI), was recovered from a post in Kaksar area, army sources here said.<P>Indian forces found three cemented bunkers near Anita Post in Sector Haneefuddin on Monday, the sources said. Three jawans of Signal brigade sustained splinter injuries when Pakistani shells hit a street near the army depot in New Tumail area, they said.<P>Pakistan continued to resort to heavy mortar and artillery shelling since 0800 hrs (IST) and India gave a befitting reply, the sources added.<BR>

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Re: More Supreme sacrifices - List of Kargil Heroes

Postby Gayatri » 16 Jul 1999 04:43

I got this email courtesy actionkargil egroup:<P>-------------------------------------------<BR> A LETTER FROM THE BROTHER OF KARGIL WAR HERO (LATE LT. SAURABH KALIA {INDIAN<BR>ARMY}<P>THIS MESSAGE IS TO ALL CONCERNED CITIZENS OF THE CIVILIZED WORLD<BR> REGARDING THE BARBARIC AND BRUTAL TORTURE OF INDIAN SOLDIERS IN PAKISTAN<BR>CUSTODY AS EVIDENT FROM THEIR BODIES HANDED OVER TO THE INDIAN ARMY BY<BR>PAKISTAN ARMYON JUNE 9,1999.<P>Dear Sir/Friends,<P> I am the proud brother of brave Indian Army Officer Lt. Saurabh Kalia of 4<BR>JAT Regiment of the Indian Army, who laid down his life for the nation while<BR>doing the duty of guarding our frontiers at Kargil.Pakistan captured him and<BR>his patrol party of 5 brave men alive from our side of LOC on 15 May 1999.<BR>They were held in their captivity for over 3 weeks and subjected to<BR>unprecedented brutal torture as evident from their bodies handed over by<BR>Pakistan Army. They did not break while undergoing all this unlimited<BR>barbarism. This speaks volumes of their patriotism, tenacity and valor and<BR>the whole nation should be proud of them.<P>Pakistan has been guilty of the following violations:<BR>1. Our soldiers were captured alive but their POW status was not communicated<BR>to the Indian counterparts.<P>2. They were subjected to barbaric and brutal torture in total violation of<BR>the GENEVA CONVENTION to which both countries are signatories.<P>Through this letter, I appeal to the whole WORLD to build up a strong public<BR>opinion and bring these facts<P>A) Directly before the various agencies like AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL,<BR>INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS, HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH, NATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION<BR>etc. and urge them to take timely and appropriate action to book and punish<BR>the culprits for this ghastly act so that our other captive soldiers, if any,<BR>may not meet the same fate of Lt. Saurabh Kalia and his five men.<P> B) Send me a copy of the above or write to us directly, so that we can send<BR>the collection of letters to the above agencies to prove to the world what<BR>Pakistan is really doing. This would be the true homage to these brave<BR>soldiers of India and the fight that they are relentlessly waging.<P> I may be contacted at the following address:<BR> >>VAIBHAV KALIA,<BR> >>Saurabh Nagar,<BR> >>PALAMPUR-176061(Himachal Pradesh) INDIA<BR> >>Phone: 91-1894-32065.(FOR INTERNATIONAL CALLERS)<BR> >>01894-32065 (FOR INDIAN CALLERS)<BR> >>EMAIL: VAIBHAV_KALIA@GOPLAY.COM<BR> >>********************************************************************<P>

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Re: More Supreme sacrifices - List of Kargil Heroes

Postby Sumant » 01 Aug 1999 06:20

up...<P>Everyone on BR, lest we forget the brave men of the IA/IAF. Spare a moment to go through these articles a month from today. Hope it kindles the same feelings we got during Kargil. Its doesnt suffice to send in a 50USD check for the NDF. A continued appreciation is whats required.<P>This post shld stay on top...


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