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LT COL ABJIT SINGH SEKHON: VIR CHAKRA

Lieutenant Colonel Abjit Singh Sekhon was born on 28th January 1949, to Shri S Gurdial Singh Sekhon and Smt Kamaljit Kaur Sekhon. He hailed from Faridkot in Punjab. He was commissioned into the 7 Madras of the Madras Regiment. His unit became part of the Indian Peacekeeping Force (IPKF) and joined the operation in Sri Lanka in 1987-88. 

Service Number IC-23970 
Place of Birth Faridkot, Punjab 
Rank Lieutenant Colonel  
Unit 7 Madra 
Regiment Madras Regiment 
Award Vir Chakra 
Date of Martyrdom 21st April 1988 

In 1988, Lieutenant Colonel Abjit Singh Sekhon was the commanding officer of 7 Madras and was deployed in Sri Lanka. On 13th April 1988, the security forces received information about the presence of LTTE militants at Vannerikulam. Lieutenant Colonel Abjit’s unit launched an operation against the militants. The assault team reached the suspected area and took the militants by surprise. During the action, Lieutenant Colonel Abjit managed to kill two militants. On 21st April 1988, again information was received about the presence of 10 to 14 militants in Urithirapuram village. The security forces led by Lieutenant Colonel Abjit launched an operation against the militants but his troops came under intense fire from those militants. Lieutenant Colonel Abjit shot dead a militant and wounded another. However, he got hit by a bullet on his chest and was martyred.  

Lieutenant Colonel Abjit displayed grit, determination, and true leadership for which he was given ‘Vir Chakra’ posthumously. 

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