Service No : IC - 54362

Date of Birth : October 24, 1973

Place of birth : Kozhikode, Kerala

Service : Army

Last Rank : Captain

Unit : 141 Field Regiment

Arm/Regt : The Regiment of Artillery

Awards : Sena Medal

Martyrdom : June 2, 1999

Capt Pannikot Vishwanath Vikram SM

Captain PV Vikram was born in a military family to Lt Col PKPV Panicker and Kalyani Panicker at Manari House  Panniyankara, Kallai in Kozhikode district of Kerala on 24th Oct 1973. He joined 1st Std in KV No.1, Kozhikode in 1979 and was later shifted to KV Talbahat in UP due to his father’s transfer to that station from the field area. He continued his studies in KV No.1 Srinagar in VII and VIII class and then went on to do his class IX & X in KV Aurangabad Maharastra. He again joined KV No.1 Kozhikode in the XI Std and then shifted to KV Faridkot Punjab from where completed his XII Std. He joined NSS College, Ottapalam, Kerala and graduated in B Sc Computer Science in the year 1994.


Captain Vikram had set his sights on the army since his school days. He was an active member of NCC and passed `C’ Certificate of NCC. He joined Indian Military Academy, Dehradun and passed out on 8th Jun 1996, in the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. He got commissioned in the Regiment of Artillery to the Madhya Pradesh-based 141 Field Regiment. Incidentally, his father, Lt Col Panickar too had served in the same regiment and it was indeed a rare honour for Captain Vikram to serve in his father’s regiment.


Kargil Operation: 02 June 1999


During 1999, Captain PV Vikram’s unit 141 Field Regiment was deployed in the Kaksar sector of Kargil. On 02 June 1999, Capt Vikram was on duty at a forward post located at 17,500 feet in Kaksar. He was performing the assignment of forwarding observation officer in direct support of 4th battalion of the Jat Regiment in Kargil sector in Operation Vijay. The 4 Jat Battalion was assaulting the Pakistani Bunkers along with Capt Vikram leading through the fire barrage.


During this fierce exchange of fire which continued for several hours, a mortar shell fell very near to Capt Vikram when he was directing the artillery fire on to the enemy positions. Capt Vikram got injured severely and later succumbed to his injuries. Capt Vikram was a valiant and committed soldier who made the supreme sacrifice in the service of the nation. Capt Vikram was given the gallantry award ” Sena Medal” for his courage, indomitable spirit and sacrifice in the highest traditions of the Indian Army.


Capt PV Vikram is survived by his father an Army veteran Lt Col PKPV Panicker, mother Mrs Kalyani Panicker and younger brother, P V Keshav.

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  • C P Sasidharan Chelari

    2023 at 11:04 pm Reply

    Capt. Vikram laid down his life for the motherland. May God bless the departed soul.
    Regards to Mrs. Panickar and Col Panickar.

  • Sheeja V T

    2023 at 11:04 pm Reply

    Big salute to the brave warrior.

  • Sheeja V T

    2023 at 11:05 pm Reply

    A big salute to the brave warrior.

  • Dennis S George

    2023 at 11:06 pm Reply

    Hat’s off to the Captain for his courage and supreme sacrifice. Jai Jawan, Jai Kissan.

  • Cool GK Balakrishna

    2023 at 11:06 pm Reply

    His trademark smile will always remind us of him. A young boy when I knew him having served in the same unit with his dad. I also had a chance to interact with him during one of my sojourns home on leave when he was a bubbly subaltern. Shall always remember him andmemories of him. RIP Vikki U make all of us very proud. GB.

  • Sanjeev

    2023 at 11:07 pm Reply

    A thoroughly professional soldier and a compassionate human being, I will always cherish my association with the brave Gunner. May God Bless his Pious Soul. Great Respects and Regards to the Proud Parents who have kept him alive through a large number of initiatives, I salute you Sir and Ma’am

  • Wg Cdr P S Haridas

    2023 at 11:08 pm Reply

    Respectful Salute.

  • Aditya J Paul

    2023 at 11:08 pm Reply

    A coursemate, a fellow gunner, a friend…no…much more, a brother. PV lit up the room with his smile!!! A soldier and a martyr….only the good die young, only the blessed have the honour to lay down their lives for the motherland. Smile forever with the angels brother, till we meet again….Good shooting and God speed!!!!


    2023 at 11:09 pm Reply

    VIKRAM was my wife’s first cousin…personally known him from by 1985 on wards .. While undergoing his BSc programme he was staying with his Ammayee at Ottappalam .. l used to meet him at that home..

  • Bhavitha Singh

    2023 at 11:09 pm Reply

    India is fortunate to have a son like you. Your story is truly inspirational. My salute to you and your family

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