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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: Brig Kanhya Lal Atal, MVC (retd)

Gazette Notification: 9 Pres/52,26.1.52
Operation: 1948 Polo - Hyderabad
Date of Award: 23 Nov 1948


Brigadier K.L. Atal was the brigade commander in charge of the operations in Zojila area which commenced on 1 November 1948 in the breakthrough over the Zolija Pass and Culminated in the capture of Kargil on 23 November. The detailed planning, preparation and execution of the entire operations were carried out under intense wintry conditions with great determination, consummate skill and boldness on the part of Brigadier Atal.

After the breakthrough at Zojila, the brigade was held up at Pindras by the enemy entrenched in a strong dominating position and overlooking the only defile through which our advance was possible. Brigadier Atal took his tactical HQ with the leading battalion well forward where he came under heavy enemy machine gun and mortar fire. He pushed a strong brigade attack, which over-ran the enemy and enabled the advance to Kargil to continue.

Later, when the leading battalion was held up four miles short of Kargil, he personally led two companies over a difficult mountainous track, at great personal risk, which took him to the rear of the enemy and ultimately into Kargil. Throughout the operations, Brigadier Atal set a very high example of leadership and personal courage under enemy fire without any regard for his own safety.

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