: 77 Pres/72,17-6-72Operation
: 1971 Cactus LilyDate of Award
: 17 Dec 1971
Captain Ravinder Nath Gupta was one of the subtask force commanders for breaching a minefield to make vehicle lanes in an area in the Western Sector. This area was continuously under enemy artillery and mortar fire and information regarding the depth of the minefield was wanting. As time was very short, Captain Ravinder Nath Gupta volunteered to lead a small party on foot on a wide outflanking move to assess the other edge of the minefield.
By this method, the party was able to get this vital information within an hour. Subsequently, when the enemy attacked, he personally guided the tanks through the cleared minefield. While doing so, he was hit by an enemy artillery shell and killed.
In this action, Captain Gupta displayed gallantry, determination and leadership of a high order.
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