Service No : 4075503L

Date of Birth : June 10, 1975

Place of birth : Pauri Garhwal Dist

Service : Army

Last Rank : Rifleman

Unit : 18 Garh Rif

Arm/Regt : The Gharwal Rifles

Operation : Op Vijay ( Kargil )

Awards : Vir Chakra

Martyrdom : June 29, 1999

Rifleman AP Dhyani VrC

Rifleman Anusuya Prasad Dhyani hailed from Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand and was born on 10 June 1975. Son of Shri Shekhranand Dhyani and Smt Rudra Devi, Rfn Anusuya Prasad completed his education up to the 12th class in Uttarakhand before graduating from Deshbandhu College in South Delhi. He thereafter joined the army in 1995 at the age of 20 years. He was recruited into the 18th Gharwal Battalion of the Gharwal Rifles Regiment, an infantry regiment well known for its gallant soldiers.

 

Battle Of Point 4700 (Kargil War) : 28/29 June 1999

 

In June 1999, Rfn AP Dhyani's 18 Garh Rif battalion, under the command of Col SK Chakravarti was inducted into the Drass area. The battalion was functioning under the command of 56 Mtn Bde, with overall operational control being exercised by 8 Mtn Div under Maj Gen Mohinder Puri. Shortly after the signing of the Lahore declaration in 1999, the Pakistan Army surreptitiously occupied the winter vacated posts of the Indian Army. On 03 May 1999, these intrusions were detected and on 26 May 1999, the first air-to-ground strike was launched by the Indian Air Force (IAF), followed by Operation Vijay, by the Indian Army to evict the intruders from the Indian areas. The army quickly mobilized its forces to drive out the Pakistani infiltrators from Indian territory. After the capture of Tololing and Point 5140 by 20 June 1999, it was necessary to maintain pressure on the enemy. Several reconnaissance missions confirmed that an area called 'Three Pimples Ridge' was needed to be captured in conjunction with Point 4700 in the first phase. Subsequently, it was required to capture Point 5100 to reach the LOC. The 'Three Pimples Ridge' which emanated from Pt 5100 on the Marpo La Ridgeline dominated the National Highway, Drass town, and Sando Valley. The capture of this area was necessary to pave the way for capturing Pt 5100 and subsequently Pt 5600, to isolate the intrusion east of Sando Nala in Drass. Three Pimples also known as the Black Rock complex consisted of Three Pimples, Lone Hill, Knoll, and Kajal and bifurcated into two spur lines. Point 4700 Ridge consisted of Pt 4700, Saddle, Tommy, Sangar, Rocky, and Junction Point. In order to achieve the desired objective in that area, a bold plan to launch multidirectional attacks spread over two phases was chalked out. 
 
As per the operational plan, in phase-I, 2 Raj Rif was to capture Knoll and Lone Hill and contact Junction Point by the early morning of 29 June. 18 Garh Rif was tasked to capture Tommy, Saddle, and Pt 4700 by 29 June morning. In phase-II, 2 Raj Rif was to clear Three Pimples by midday and 16 Grenadiers Battalion was to exploit the situation and capture Junction Point by 30 June. In this phase, 18 Garh Rif was tasked to capture Rocky and Sangar and thereafter link up with 16 Grenadiers at Junction Point by 30 June. Pt 4700 had the observation of the entire Drass valley and dominated the national highway. The attack by 2 Raj Rif and 18 Garh Rif commenced at 2030 hrs on 28 June 1999. The Charlie and Delta companies of 18 Garh Rif left the firm base at 2030 hrs and 2050 hrs respectively. The move from the firm base to the objective was very challenging as the enemy continuously engaged with the advancing troops with artillery and automatic weapons. As part of the 'Charlie' Company group tasked with attacking Point 4700, Rfn AP Dhyani was part of the attacking troops. Point 4700 was heavily fortified with eight sangars firing automatic weapons. The advance could not progress despite several attempts due to heavy automatic fire from a sangar in the direction of the assault. Realizing the gravity of the situation, Rfn Anusuya Prasad sensed that the sangar had to be neutralized at any cost to facilitate the advance and reduce own casualties. He understood that there was no other way but to physically assault and clear sangar. Rfn Anusuya Prasad, unmindful of his personal safety, assaulted the sangar taking cover of huge boulders. Lobbing grenades, he got into the sangar inspite of heavy automatic fire to find three infiltrators. In a fierce hand to hand-to-hand fight, he killed the three enemy infiltrators, slitting the throat of two and charging one with the bayonet. 
 
However while doing so, he received multiple bullet injuries and got severely injured. He soon succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. Aided by the outstanding valour and determination of Rfn AP Dhyani and his comrades, 18 Garh Rif captured both Pt 4700 and Tommy by 0400 hrs on 29 June 1999. Having put the enemy off balance the plan for Phase-II operation was modified to capture Rocky and Sangar by the evening of 29 June 1999. With direct support from Bofors guns 18 Garh Rif troops went on to capture the objectives by 1930 hrs on 29 June 1999. Besides Rfn AP Dhyani, thirteen other soldiers of 18 Garhwal Rifles were martyred during this entire operation. The other brave hearts martyred on 29 June 1999, included Hav Padam Ram, Lance Hav Jagat Singh, Nk Rakesh Kumar, Nk Bharat Kumar, Nk Kashmir Singh, Nk Mangat Singh Bhandari, Lance Naik Kishan Singh, Rfn Narpal Singh, Rfn Kuldeep Singh, Rfn Bikram Singh and Rfn Man Singh. Two other soldiers, Lance Naik Surman Singh and Rfn Dabal Singh were later martyred on 30 Jun 1999. Rfn AP Dhyani was a valiant and committed soldier who laid down his life at the age of 29 years in the line of his duty. Rfn AP Dhyani was awarded “Vir Chakra” posthumously for his commendable bravery, indomitable fighting spirit, and supreme sacrifice.
 
Rifleman Anusuya Prasad Dhyani is survived by his wife Smt Pinki Dhyani.
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