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CAPTAIN AMIT BHARDWAJ: A COURAGEOUS OFFICER

Captain Amit Bhardwaj was from Jaipur, the pink city of India. He was born to Shri O P Sharma and Smt Sushila Sharma. He completed his schooling at St. Xavier’s Boys School. He completed his graduation from Rajasthan University. After completing his graduation, he applied for the CDS examination and got selected for training in OTA. After completing his training, he got commissioned as Lieutenant in the 4 Jat Regiment. In his first posting, he went to Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand and then to Kargil in J&K.

Service NumberSS-37218
Place of BirthJaipur, Rajasthan
RankCaptain
Unit4 Jat
RegimentJat Regiment
Date of Martyrdom17th May 1999

From the starting month of May, the Indian Army started getting inputs about some infiltration activity in the Kargil area. On 14th May under the command of Lt. Saurabh Kalia, a patrol party was launched to check for this. He was tasked to visit the Bajrang post. After reaching there, he got to engage with a large number of terrorists. And a gunfight had started. The patrol party had very less amount of equipment with them at that time but fought with full courage. But the unit was not able to make communication with the patrol party.

Then one more patrol party was launched for the same task and also to search for Lt. Kalia and the party was led by Captain Amit Bhardwaj. Upon reaching Bajrang post he realized that the enemies are large in number and it’s not wise to fight them. It’s better to report first to the base unit. But someone had to give cover fire to the retreating party, so he decided he will remain there alone, for the safe exit of his party. But his buddy pair, Havildar Rajbir Singh convinced him that he will also remain with him. They two fought very bravely and managed to kill more than ten enemy soldiers. And in this way, we lost our one more very brave soldier, to a cruel war. His body was recovered only after the war ended on 13th July 1999. He was holding his rifle after losing his life. He had lost his life, but not the rifle, the ultimate friend of a soldier. He laid his life in the highest tradition of the Indian Army.

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