Service No : IC-58278M

Date of Birth : Dec 26, 1976

Birth place: Naya Nangal(Punjab)

Service: Army

Last Rank: Captain

Service Years: 1998-1999

Unit: 2 Raj Rif/ASC

Arm/Regt : Army Service Corps

Operation : Op Vijay (Kargil)

Awards: Vir Chakra

Date of Martyrdom : Jun 28, 1999

Captain Vijayant Thapar VrC

Capt Vijayant Thapar was born on 26 Dec 1976 in a military family to Colonel V N Thapar and Mrs Tripta Thapar. Having brought up in the army family Capt Thapar always wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father. In his childhood, he would often play with a gun and march around wearing his father’s peak cap and holding his cane like an officer. He pursued his dream and worked hard to get selected in IMA Dehradun. He did exceedingly well in his training and was commissioned into the Army Service Corps, the logistic arm of the Indian Army.

 

Capt Vijayant’s was posted to serve with 2 Rajputana Rifles an infantry battalion as his first assignment which was at Gwalior in 1998. He stayed there for a month before the unit moved to Kashmir to undertake anti-insurgency operations. Capt Vijayant was always fond of outdoor activities and in the evening would invariably be in the Paltan (Battalion), watching wrestlers, boxers, and other sportsmen.  As a person, he was very kindhearted, considerate and frugal. He took to religion early in his life and wanted to live the life of a Puritan. He maintained a balanced diet and worked hard in the gym in order to be fit. In 1999, Capt Vijyant was involved in two fierce encounters. While talking to his mother on the telephone he described how he lived through a live encounter in which about thirty bullets were fired at him. Later his unit was tasked to move to Drass in Kargil sector to undertake operations against Pak forces who had occupied Tololing, Tiger Hill, and adjoining heights.

 

Battle of Tololing, Knoll and Three Pimples: June 1999

 

On 11 June 1999, Capt Vijayant’s battalion under the command of Col M.B. Ravindernath, was tasked to capture the feature Tololing. After the initial assault by Major Mohit Saxena was held up, on the night of 12th June’99, Capt Vijayant Thapar led his platoon to capture a Pakistani position called Barbad Bunker which proved crucial for the onward battle for Tololing. During this attack 2 Pakistani soldiers were killed in the melee of fire from sides and behind. Tololing was the first victory for Indian army on 13th June 1999 and was the turning point in the war.

 

Later on 28 June, 2 Raj Rif was given the task of capturing Three Pimples, Knoll and Lone Hill area. The attack started with Capt Vijayant’s platoon leading on a full moon night along a razor sharp ridge with no cover to offer. There were intense and accurate artillery shelling and heavy enemy fire. He lost some of his dear men and some more were injured causing the attack to be disrupted. However, with his indomitable spirit and strong determination, he moved ahead along with his troops through a ravine to face the enemy. It was a full moon night and was a very difficult position to capture. The troops of enemy’s 6 Northern Light Infantry had all the advantages.

 

At 8 PM the attack commenced when 120 guns opened fire and rockets lit up the sky. In this heavy exchange of fire 2 Raj Rif moved with Capt  Vijayant Thapar leading the attack. Among the first to fall in this battle was Sep Jagmal Singh, Capt  Vijayant’s very dear orderly. Finally, Capt Vijayant’s company secured a foothold on Knoll. By this time his company commander Major P Acharya had been killed.  Enraged at this news, Capt  Vijayant surged ahead with his comrade Naik Tilak Singh. Both of them started engaging the enemy merely 15 meters away. There were three enemy machine guns firing towards them. After about an hour and a half of fierce exchange of fire Capt  Vijayant realized that the enemy machine guns had to be silenced to continue their advance towards their objective.

 

The ridge beyond Knoll was very narrow and sharp and only 2 or 3 soldiers could walk abreast. The danger of getting killed here was very real and therefore Capt Vijayant decided to go ahead himself with Naik Tilak Singh. Capt  Vijayant in a daring move surged ahead to do that but was hit by a burst of fire that struck him on his head. He fell in the arms of his comrade Naik Tilak Singh. Capt  Vijayant was martyred but motivated by his daredevilry and leadership, his troops later charged at the enemy and fully captured Knoll. The victory at Knoll on 29 June 1999, is a saga of unmatched bravery, grit and determination. Capt Vijayant Thapar was awarded, “Vir Chakra” for his gallantry, unyielding fighting spirit and supreme sacrifice.

 

Capt Vijayant Thapar is survived by his father, an Army veteran Col V N Thapar, mother Mrs Tripta Thapar and brother Shri Vijender Thapar.

The citation for the Vir Chakra awarded to him reads:

 

On 28 June 1999 Captain Vijyant Thapar was commanding the Leading platoon of Alfa Company, which was tasked to assault area Knoll in Drass Sector from the north during Operation Vijay. While advancing, the platoon was hit by accurate enemy artillery barrage and it suffered heavy casualties. Captain Thapar organized evacuation of the casualties and quickly rallied his shell-shocked platoon for the attack. Personally leading the attack from the Northern face against enemy’s Medium Machine Gun fire, which was holding up the Company’s assault, he fearlessly charged at the enemy position firing from the hip and throwing grenades. During this act, he was grievously injured in the hand and stomach but continued to advance ordering his men to follow him. Roused by the actions of their young Platoon Commander barely out of the Academy, the platoon charged up the hill against the dominating enemy position. This audacious action unnerved and forced the enemy to abandon a tactically superior position. The officer, however, succumbed to his injuries.

 

Captain Vijyant Thapar, thus, displayed remarkable cool, raw courage and exemplary valour and made the supreme sacrifice while facing the enemy.

A unique story of love and compassion:

 

A Kashmiri girl named, Ruksana had lost her speech when her father was brutally murdered by militants in front of her eyes in her village in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir. The six year old’s world had come crashing down around her after her father Mohammad Akbar was gunned down by foreign mercenaries. Capt Vijayant Thapar learnt about Ruksana from her aunt and started loving the child immensely. Capt Thapar and his “sahayak” Sepoy Jagmal Singh Shekhawat,  would meet Ruksana whenever they got time and took sweets and toffees for her.

 

This beautiful relationship developed into trust and Capt Thapar’s persistent efforts paid off when Ruksana started speaking again. Capt Thapar would contribute a small amount of money each month to the girl’s poor family towards her education. Minutes before going on his ‘last’ operation, the young officer, probably on a premonition, wrote to his family and asked them to take care of her. “Contribute some money to an orphanage and keep sending some money to Ruksana every month.” he wrote minutes before he was going to lead his men into battle on that fateful night of June 28. He had told his mother about Ruksana on the phone and described his beautiful relationship. Now his parents have decided to send money to her regularly.

 

Capt Vijayant Thapar besides being a tough soldier was a fine human being with a golden heart and this touching story truly exemplifies that.

Tribute by Capt Vijayant Thapar’s  father Col V N Thapar:

 

“Son, The brave way you left this world, at the age of 22 is a measure of how you lived your short life and what you valued. In meeting the stark challenges of capturing Knoll against all odds, during the battle of Three Pimples with heroic coolness and single-minded devotion to duty, you have achieved immortal honour. In death, you have epitomized the spirit of national pride – an honour which makes every sacrifice worthwhile. Your actions will forever inspire generations of Indians to come. You have left us with pride for being the parents of a worthy son and a lifetime of pain for having lost a child we loved”.

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97 Comments
  • SAVITA SISODIA

    2023 at 8:50 pm Reply

    Jai hind, oh Robin again I found you, I found you again. Just completed Vijayant at Kargil again, everytime when I read about you i see myself in your world, I live your days. The way you proved yourself,the way you lived the life.. it’s been long to war memorial delhi but for sure I will come, I will meet you again. I don’t know what to write but all I can say is you have become most important person of my life. I salute you

  • John muliyil

    2023 at 9:46 pm Reply

    I watched the Indian Idol episode on November 18, 2023. Retired Col.Thapar & vijayant’s Mother were special guests. It was very special to watch a brave & proud mother & father to be present for this lovely honour for their brave & SHAHID son Captain Vijayant Thapar..

  • Rajesh K

    2023 at 9:28 pm Reply

    Salute to the indomitable spirit of strong parents who are full of courage inspite of their unbearable loss but yet motivated all in that episode .I have seen their elegant class they did exude on stage and touched all those around them.Strongly believe there wasn’t one person during the episode telecast without a tear in their eyes and even the most hardened I felt was Vicky Kaushal who did train with Indian army men couldn’t control his emotions.I am today full of praise and awe of Capt.Vijayants’ parents and the song which still remains one of my all time favourite.Jai Hind to all our brothers and sisters in the Indian army ,all security personnel who tirelessly defend us day in and day out.

  • Udbhav Singh Chauhan

    2023 at 1:03 am Reply

    There is nothing greater in this world than the sacrifice of a soldier for his nation. Everything and everyone else is just water.

  • gogula RR

    2024 at 9:54 pm Reply

    The devotion , bravery, empathy on nationalism need to be shown to parliamentary members on daily basis in the middle of session. Then what responsibility each taking for their constituency get clear.
    All martyred are ever green heros of nation. Jai jawan, Jain kisan. There is limited scope on commenting on bravery

  • Adhiyagya Lakhotia

    2024 at 11:17 pm Reply

    Your son is a true hero and a credit to you. He brought honor to the uniform he wore and the sacrifice he made for what he believed shall never be forgotten
    The loss of your son was not in vain. He gave the ultimate sacrifice for the country he loved. That makes him nothing less than a hero, and he will always be remembered that way. My deepest condolences.We are so sorry to learn of your loss. I don’t know how much it will help but your son/daughter will forever be known as a true hero. Their courage is a testament to the incredible person they were.Your sons patriotism was never in doubt. He is a true patriot and gave his life in service to his country. No greater sacrifice can be made nor demonstration of courage needed. He will always be our hero. Please accept our condolences.Although I’m sure this offers little consolation we, all of us, are in debt to your son and what he gave for our freedom. My deepest sympathy for your loss.We are mourning the loss of your courageous son. He was brave beyond words and an amazing soldier. We are all worse off without him in our lives.I am still in shock over your sons death. I was lucky enough to get to know him during training and he was one of the funniest and generous guys I have known.The country owes a huge debt to your son for his bravery and service. He was a remarkable young man and will be sorely missed.

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