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Lieutenant Balwan Singh, Maha Vir Chakra Of the 18th Battalion of GRENADIERS Regiment
 

Lt Balwan Singh, an alumnus of Sainik School Kunjpura, was commissioned from the OTA on 06 March 1999 into 18 Grenediers. Lieutenant Balwan Singh and his Ghataks were tasked to assault Tiger Hill Top on 03 July 1999 as part of multipronged attack from the North East direction. The route to the objective was untrodden, interspersed with pointed rocks and thick snow at a height of 16,500 feet. The officer executed his task with courage and determination. The team led and exhorted by him moved over twelve hours under intense artillery shelling to reach the designated spur.This move took the enemy totally by surprise as his team used cliff assault mountaineering  equipment  to reach  the Tiger  Hill Top  stealthily.On   seeing   the

Ghataks, theenemy reacted in panic with intense automatic fire causing serious injury to the officer and his team. He refused to be evacuated and unmindful of his injury and grave condition, moved swiftly to encircle the intruders. His adversaries had no choice but to flee from the fury of accurate fire of the Ghataks.The officer’s unparalleled courage under enemy fire and determination led to capturing Tiger Hill, the most important objective of our troops in Operation VIJAY.

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