Lieutenant Manoj Kumar Pandey
Born: 25 June 1975
Died: 3 July 1999
- He was an Indian Army officer of the 1st battalion, 11 Gorkha Rifles who was posthumously awarded India’s highest military honour, the Param Vir Chakra, for his audacious courage and leadership during the Kargil War in 1999.
- He was killed during the attack on Jubar Top, Khalubar Hills in Batalik Sector, Kargil.
- His actions have led to him being referred to as the “Hero of Batalik”.
- He took part in a series of boldly led attacks during Operation Vijay; forcing back the intruders with heavy losses in Batalik including the capture of Jubar Top.
- 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.
- He was tasked to clear the interfering enemy positions to prevent his battalion from getting day lighted, being in a vulnerable position.
- He quickly moved his platoon to an advantageous position under intense enemy fire, sent one section to clear the enemy positions from the right and himself proceeded to clear the enemy positions from the left.
- Fearlessly assaulting the first enemy position, he killed two enemy personnel and destroyed the second position by killing two more.
- He was injured on the shoulder and legs while clearing the third position.
- Undaunted and without caring for his grievous injuries, he continued to lead the assault on the fourth position urging his men and destroyed the same with a grenade, even as he got a fatal burst on his forehead.
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