Kargil Veer Gatha – Capt Jintu Gogoi was posthumously awarded the Vir Chakra

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Kargil War Event by PRO DEFENCE GUWAHATI
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GUWAHATI
15 JUNE 2024

By PRO DEFENCE GUWAHATI

INDIAN ARMY’S TRIBUTE TO 25 YEARS OF KARGIL VICTORY & INDOMITABLE SPIRIT OF THE GUNNERS

A pan India Motorcycle Expedition is being conducted to celebrate the Rajat Jayanti of the Indian Army’s scintillating victory in the Kargil War. The spirit of the expedition is to pay tribute to the bravery of our soldiers ,highlight the stellar role of Indian Army in Kargil war & to honour the bravehearts who made supreme sacrifice in the line of duty. The expedition christened as Delta-5 Motorcycle Expedition reached Guwahati on 13 June 2024.

On the Eastern Route, Delta-5 Expedition which commenced from Dinjan, will traverse 4000 Kms after passing through eight states & union territories and conclude at Drass. The team was flagged in by Brig Ajit Borah,VSM, Group Commander NCC Headquarters, Guwahati on 13 June 2024 and further flagged off by Maj Gen PS Joshi, Officer Commanding, 51 Sub Area on 15 June 2024. A group of NCC students witnessed the ceremony and interacted with the riders.

Kargil Veer Gatha - Capt Jintu Gogoi was posthumously awarded the Vir Chakra
Kargil Veer Gatha – Capt Jintu Gogoi was posthumously awarded the Vir Chakra

In an apt recognition of their selfless service to the Nation, the expedition team carried out ‘Interaction & Felicitation Ceremony’ for Veer Naris, War Veterans & Next of Kin of the brave hearts who made supreme sacrifice in the line of duty. A total of NOK of three Gallantry award winners and three Kargil Martyrs attended the flagging off event. Father of Capt Jintu Gogoi, VrC and mother of Gnr Uddhab Das graced the audience with their presence. Capt Jintu Gogoi, VrC is the first Assamese in Indian Army who sacrificed supreme in Kargil War. The expedition while commemorating the victory in icy heights of Kargil also aims at educating school children, NCC cadets & citizens of India about the valour of soldiers during Kargil war.

Capt Jintu Gogoi was posthumously awarded the Vir Chakra, India’s third highest wartime military decoration, for his courage and bravery in combat during operations in the Kargil War in 1999.

Assam government posthumously awarded the state’s highest bravery award Bir Chilarai Award in 2008.In honor of Martyr Jintu Gogoi, JOYA GOGOI COLLEGE of Golaghat, from where Gogoi studied his pre-university, named the library as a mark of respect to the Kargil Martyr Capt. The Indian Army organizes Captain Jintu Gogoi, VrC Memorial Football Tournament every year. Jintu Gogoi is the first Assamese in the Indian Army who sacrificed supreme in the Kargil War.

Gunner Uddhab Das hailed from Anchali village in Chapaguri tehsil of Barpeta district in Assam and was born on 01 Feb 1978. Son of Shri Bandhuram Das and Smt Thageswari Das, Gnr Uddhab Das had a sister Jayanti Das as his sibling. He wanted to serve in the Armed Forces since his childhood and eventually joined the Indian Army after completing his education, on 22 Feb 1997 at the age of 19 years. He was recruited into the 197 Field Regiment of the Regiment of Artillery, an important combat support arm of the Indian Army known for its booming field guns. The Regiment of Artillery has various Regiments including Medium Regiments, Light Regiments, Missile Regiments, Rocket Regiments, and SATA (Surveillance and Target Acquisition) Regiments with every Regiment having its own distinct equipment.

Op Vijay (Kargil War) : 24 June 1999

During June 1999, Gnr Uddhab Das’s unit 197 Fd Regt was deployed in the Drass region of Jammu and Kashmir, as part of “Operation Vijay”. 197 Fd Regt was functioning under the operational control of 192 Mtn Bde, which was tasked to capture Tiger Hill as part of ongoing operations in “Operation Vijay” in the last week of June/first week of July 1999. Along with the support of Artillery fire, 192 Mtn Bde had the elements of 8 Sikh and 18 Grenadiers battalions. A multi-directional attack was planned from three directions with 18 Grenadiers leading the attack and 8 Sikhs providing the firm base. Tiger Hill at a height of 5062 m was by far the most dominating feature in the Drass sector and overlooked Mushkoh Valley and the national highway NH-1D. It was divided into a number of smaller objectives. The western spur was divided into a number of parts from east to west viz. India Gate, Helmet, and Rocky Knob; and the southeast side was called Tongue. The terrain was extremely rugged with gradient rising up to 80 degrees at some places.

In order to inflict casualties the enemy positions on Tiger Hill, there was a plan to use heavy artillery extensively. It was so planned because by systematically degrading the enemy’s fighting potential before a physical assault, the artillery could reduce the casualties suffered by assaulting infantrymen. Thus as part of the preparation for the assault on Tiger Hill, Gnr Uddhab Das and his comrades were tasked to position the Artillery guns at appropriate places to achieve operational advantage and surprise as well. On 24 June 1999, as Gnr Uddhab Das along with other soldiers was positioning the Artillery gun, he was hit by enemy fire and got seriously injured. He later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. He was a valiant and committed soldier who laid down his life at the age of 21 years in the service of the nation.

Gnr Uddhab Das is survived by his mother Smt Thageswari Das and sister Jayanti Das.

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