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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 Basdev Singh Mankotia, MVC (retd)

Gazette Notification: 18 Pres/72,12-2-72
Operation: 1971 Cactus Lily
Date of Award: 03 Dec 1971

Major Basdev Singh Mankotia was holding a screen position at Ranian on the Western Front. Between 3 and 5 December 1971, the enemy launched seven attacks in strength against this position, but these were repulsed with heavy casualties to the enemy. With a portion of the screen was over-run, he personally led a counter-attack and regained the lost ground. Even though he was seriously wounded in the shoulder on 3 December, he refused to be evacuated in view of the importance of this screen position. By personal example of courage and disregard for personal safety, he inspired the men under his command to perform acts of commendable gallantry.

Throughout, Major B.S. Mankotia displayed conspicuous gallantry, exemplary leadership and determination.

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