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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: Col Ashok Kumar Tara, VrC

Gazette Notification: 94Pres 72,19-8-72
Operation: 1971 Cactus Lily
Date of Award: 17 Dec 1971

On 17 December 1971, Major AK Tara was detailed to take a section and position it for protection of Mrs. Mujib-ur-Rahman and her family. On arriving at her residence, the officer discovered that one platoon of Pakistani soldiers was entrenched there. It was indulging in indiscriminate firing on unarmed civilians who had gathered to greet Mrs. Rahman. The officer quickly appreciated the situation and discarded the use of force lest Mrs. Rahman and family be injured by Pak troops. 

The officer, in complete disregard of his safety, approached the enemy troops unarmed and showing remarkable coolness and tact persuaded the Pak troops to lay down arms though they had earlier threatened to shoot him. This action was witnessed by members of the international Press. His courage in the midst of chaos and panic brought further glory to the Indian Army.

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