Captain Amol Kalia, VrC

Service no : IC- 54065F

Date of Birth : 26 Feb 1974

Place of Birth : Nangal(Punjab)

Service: Army

Last Rank: Captain

Service Years: 1994-1999

Unit : 12 JAK LI

Arm/Regt : J & K Light Infantry

Awards: Vir Chakra

Date of Martyrdom : 09 Jun 1999

Captain Amol Kalia VrC

Captain Amol Kalia was born on 26 February 1974 in Nangal town in Ropar district of Punjab. His family originally hailed from Chintpurni, Una district of Himachal Pradesh. Capt Kalia did his schooling from Fertilizer Model School in Nangal and passed the entrance exam of the National Defense Academy in April 1994. He also passed the entrance exam of Engineering but decided to join the National Defense Academy to fulfill his dream of serving in the Army.


Son of Shri Sat Pal Kalia and Smt Usha Kalia, Capt Kalia had a brother, Aman Kalia who was serving in the Air Force. Capt Amol always nursed the idea of donning the Army uniform since his childhood and eventually got selected to join the Army after completing his school education.


Kargil War: June 1999


During 1999, Capt Amol Kalia’s unit 12 JAK LI was deployed in the Batalik sector of J&K as part of Op Vijay. In June 1999 Capt Amol Kalia was given the task to recapture the peak point 5203, which was at a height of 17000 feet in the Kargil-Yaldor region. It was a very dangerous mission and a strategically very important one, to gain control over the Batalik sector. A fierce battle followed with the enemy troops which lasted for about 24 hours. Capt Amol Kalia and his team of 13 men who were specialists in mountain warfare were air-dropped into the region the previous day. Since the infiltrators had covered most of the approaches by fire, the Indian troops, in the face of intense shooting and heavy odds, scaled the objective and reached the top employing specialized mountaineering techniques.


They engaged the enemy at about 3 a.m. on June 8 but had been stopped in their advance by the enemy as it was very hard to spot anything owing to pitch darkness. The Pakistanis were well-entrenched and had made a number of field fortifications. The enemy counter-attacked the position during the early hours of June 8 in which the light machine gun detachment personnel accompanying Capt Kalia were killed. Capt Amol managed to take control of the Light Machine Gun(LMG)and killed three enemy soldiers and injured another three. But the numbers were against him and Capt Kalia was hit by a burst of bullets in the morning at about 9 a.m. Though he was grievously injured, he fought till the end till he succumbed to his injuries.  The army suffered one of its heaviest casualties that day as Capt Amol and 12 other ranks were martyred. The recapture of a key position in the Batalik sector by Capt Amol Kalia and 12 of his men, was one of the bravest acts seen in the Kargil war.


“Captain Sahib was a brave man who not only inspired his men but also led from the front. His men had been pinned down by heavy and accurate enemy fire but he did not lose heart, rallied around the remaining men and engaged the enemy,” said his comrade Havildar Sudesh Kumar. Capt Kalia’s body could not be retrieved for more than 12 days as the area was under direct shelling from enemy guns. It was only after the area was cleared of the infiltrators that the body was retrieved and handed over to his parents on June 20. He had posted a letter to his parents which reached them on June 9, 1999. An excerpt from it said, “Don’t worry about me. I hope to be back in Delhi by the end of this month. Then you can fix my marriage in case you all are in a hurry.” Capt Amol Kalia was a valiant soldier and a gritty officer who led from the front and laid down his life in the line of his duty. He was given the gallantry award, “Vir Chakra” for his outstanding bravery, leadership, fighting spirit and supreme sacrifice.


Capt Amol Kalia is survived by his father Shri Sat Pal Kalia and mother Smt Usha Kalia.

The citation for the Vir Chakra awarded to him reads:

On 08 June 1999, during “Operation Vijay” Captain Amol Kalia along with his men were tasked to capture an enemy post at Point 5203 in the Batlik-Yaldor Sector at a height of 17,000 feet Leading from the front, Captain Kalia selected the least likely approach, which was tough and difficult He assaulted the enemy position with a handful of men and managed to capture the height against heavy volume of enemy artillery and small arms fire. Soon the enemy launched counter-attack supported with heavy volume of fire of artillery, universal machine guns and rocket-propelled guns from two different directions. Captain Kalia led his men from the front and held on to the position. In a hand to hand fight, which followed, his light machine gun crew was killed. Captain Kalia took over the light machine gun himself and killed three enemy personnel and injured three others. In the action he was hit by a burst of bullets and breathed his last on 09 June 1999, but not before the enemy was repulsed and the post reinforced by own troops. Captain Amol Kalia thus showed raw courage, dynamic leadership and devotion to duty with utter disregard to his own safety in the face of the enemy and made supreme sacrifice in the highest traditions of the Indian Army.

  • The school where Capt Amol Kalia studied in Nangal town in Punjab has been named after him in his honour and is called “Capt Amol Kalia Fertilizer Model Senior Secondary School”.
  • A park called “Capt Amol Kalia Park” is located in Nangal town which has been named after him, to honour the most respected son of Nangal.
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  • Sameer KS

    2020 at 12:12 am Reply

    Salute sir!

  • Ranjit Samantaray

    2020 at 11:01 pm Reply

    My salute to captnkalia &his team.of valiant soldiers Capt kalia the valiant ,brave officer in spite of his bullet ridden body ,killed 3 &injured 3 till he succumbed tohis death ,with 12more martyrs&tgerby capturing Batalik sector above 17000 ft on the highest peak The nation mourns He was awarded the Vir Chakra

  • Pankaj Gupta

    2020 at 8:51 pm Reply

    Salute the real heroes……!
    Proud to be be school Alumni of Capt Amol Kalua.

    • Vishu

      2020 at 12:49 pm

      yup bro I’m too from same school

  • Ranveer sanghvi

    2020 at 11:25 pm Reply

    Either I will come back after hoisting the tricolor, or I will come back wrapped in it, but I will be back for sure.
    This line suits him the most.

  • G Bhanuprakash Reddy

    2020 at 7:27 am Reply

    I salute the great warrior

  • Rahul kalia

    2021 at 12:50 am Reply

    You will always live in our hearts we will never forget you

  • Parth Kalia

    2021 at 12:14 pm Reply

    Proud to be a Kalia. Since i was in class 4 I aim to join the Great INDIAN ARMY

  • Shiv Kumar

    2021 at 11:52 am Reply

    Salute sir
    Sar jhuka ke Naman hai apko

  • Rahul Sharma

    2021 at 8:30 am Reply

    I am really proud of having known Amol and spent early part of my life with him. I will always remember him as long as I am alive.

  • Pratima Bhargav

    2021 at 8:54 pm Reply

    शत् शत् नमन महावीर को

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