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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 Mohan Narayan Rao Samant, MVC (retd)

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

Commander Mohan Narayan Rao Samant was the senior officer of force consisting of four craft, which carried out most daring and highly successful attacks on the enemy in Mongla and Khulna ports. Manoeuvring his squadron through a most hazardous and unfamiliar route, he routed the enemy in Mongla inflicting heavy losses. A bitter fight ensued at Khulna and the force was subjected to incessant air attacks. Two boats belonging to the Mukti Bahini operating with the force were sunk. In utter disregard of his personal safety, the officer not only managed to pick up a large number of the survivors but also persisted with fierce attacks on the enemy with devastating results.

Throughout the operations, Commander Mohan Narayan Rao Samant displayed conspicuous gallantry, dedication and leadership.

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