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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.



Vir Chakra (VrC)
Awardee: Spr Arunachalam, VrC

Gazette Notification: 10 Pres/52, 26-1-52
Operation: 1948 Polo - Hyderabad
Date of Award: 08 Jul 1948

At Tithwal on 8 July 1948, a picquet of 1 Madras Regiment was so heavily shelled by the enemy that our troops had to withdraw over a suspension bridge on the river Kishenganga. To avoid enemy infiltration into our position, it was imperative to destroy the bridge after the withdrawal. A detachment of Madras S&M was ordered to carry out this job.

Sappers Achari and Arunachalam began to fix demolition charges to the bridge. By this time the bridge had become a registered target for enemy gunners and shells began to fall thick and fast around the gallant party. But Sappers Achari and Arunachalam continued their task. The shells were now unpleasantly close and a few minutes later just when their task was almost complete, a shell scored a direct hit, and killed them both. But their supreme effort was not in vain for their comrades took up where they had left and successfully demolished the bridge. 

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