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What is Happening

A meeting of the War Decorated Trust was held on Thursday at Chandigarh. The following Trustees were present:

  • Brig Sant Singh, MVC** (in the Chair)
  • Brig NS Sandhu, MVC
  • Brig KS Chandpuri, MVC, VSM
  • Capt Reet MP Singh, VrC

Discussion centered around passing the audited accounts for the year 2012-2013 and the Scholarship Scheme of the Trust.



Mahavir Chakra (MVC)
Awardee: Capt Devinder Singh Ahlawat, MVC

Gazette Notification: 18 Pres/72,12-2-72
Operation: 1971 Cactus Lily
Date of Award: 05 Dec 1971


Captain D.S. Ahlawat was leading a Dogra company during the attack on the Dera Baba Nanak bridgehead on the night of 5 December 1971. The enemy defences were based on a series of concrete embankments with anti-tank guns and heavy and light automatics. The company led by Captain Ahlawat came under heavy medium machine gun fire from a concrete pillbox. With complete disregard for his life Captain Ahlawat charged the pillbox, grabbed the burning machine gun barrel with his right hand and threw a grenade into the pillbox and silenced the gun, thus making it possible to maintain the momentum of the attack and over-run the objective. Captain Ahlawat lost his life in the action. His body was found with six bullet wounds-his still clutching the machine gun barrel.

Captain D.S. Ahlawat displayed conspicuous gallantry, outstanding leadership and determination in the best traditions of the Army

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