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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: Ris Basta Singh, VrC

Gazette Notification: 94 Pres/72,19-8-72
Operation: 1971 Cactus Lily
Date of Award: 11 Dec 1971

On 11 December 1971, Naib Risaldar Basta Singh was a troop leader in 69 Armoured Regiment during the operations in an area in the Eastern Sector. During the attack his troops came under heavy tank, artillery and anti-tank fire from the enemy position. With exceptional skill, he manoeuvred his tank and knocked out one enemy tank and a 150 millimetre gun. Despite intense anti-tank, artillery and tank fire, Naib Risaldar Basta Singh was in the leading tank during the assault. 

When his own tank was blown up he got into another tank and with total disregard for his safety, kept the lead in the assault. The enemy was completely demoralised and abandoned the position in confusion and panic leaving behind many dead and a large quantity of equipment, ammunition and vehicles. In this action, Naib Risaldar Basta Singh displayed gallantry, determination and leadership of a high order.

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