Born into a middle class family, Captain Vikram Batra achieved great success in the Indian Army at a young age due to his perseverance, patience and leadership. The hero of the Kargil war who made the supreme sacrifice for the country was from Ghuggar village near Palampur in Himachal Pradesh.
The country lost this brave son on July 7, 1999 in the Kargil war. After his supreme sacrifice, Captain Batra was awarded the Paramvir Chakra, the highest gallantry award.
What many may not know is that Captain Vikram, nicknamed the Lion Shar among his friends, was a green belt holder in karate. He also played table tennis nationally.
Captain Batra was also awarded the Best NCC Cadet (Air Wing) of Punjab Directorate, North Zone as a college student. He wanted to join the Indian Army from an early age. He made his dream come true in 1996 when he joined the Indian Military Academy (Dehradun) as a Lieutenant. There Vikram Batra became part of the Jessore Company of the Manekshaw Battalion and took commissions in 13 JAK rifles.
It was during the Kargil War that he was promoted to captain.
During the Kargil war, on June 19, Vikram Batra’s Delta Company was ordered to recapture one of the most important peaks, Peak 5140. Although the Pakistani troops had the advantage of sitting on the summit, Batra and his men successfully climbed the hill and claimed victory.
In the next mission, Captain Batra was sent with his men to capture the point of eighty-degree and 17,000 feet high at 4875.
On the night of July 7, as Batra and his men proceeded on their mission, the fog made the weather unfavorable. Still, the soldiers managed to reach the top. At the same time, Batra was seriously injured while rescuing another officer. However, he did not give up. Eventually, the captain could not survive but on the morning of July 8, India captured Point 4875.
The recently released Hindi film is based on the life and bravery of Sher Shah Captain Batra. Actor Siddharth Malhotra played the role of Captain Vikram Batra in this film.
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