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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: Jem Basanta Ram, VrC

Gazette Notification: 7 Pres 50,21-6-50
Operation: 1948 Polo - Hyderabad
Date of Award: 10 May 1948

When on the morning of 10 May 1948, one of our forward picquets was attacked by the enemy, a platoon from another picquet under the command of Jemadar Basanta Ram was rushed to its help. In the darkness that then prevailed, Jemadar Basanta Ram covered the distance in a very short time and at dawn found himself and his platoon surrounded by enemy platoons on two sides. Finding himself in a fix, he opened an attack, took a Bren gun from one of his men and fired from the hip. This demoralised the enemy so much that his assault line broke up and he fled without giving fight. Jemadar Basanta Ram then turned towards the other enemy platoon in his rear and chased it till he was ordered to return. In this action he showed great initiative, leadership and the quality to take a quick decision at a crucial moment.

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