Captain Vikram Batra was an Indian Army officer. He was born on 9 September 1974 in Palampur Himachal Pradesh. Batra’s father Girdhari Lal Batra was a government school principal and his mother Kamal Kanta Batra was a school teacher. Seema and Nutan were his sisters and Vishal Bhatra was his brother.
Vikram Batra Early Life
He did his primary education at DAV Public School in Palampur, Himachal Pradesh. And he completes his secondary education at Central School, Palampur. He represented his own school at the national level during his youth Parliamentary competition held in Delhi. Vikram won the green belt in Karate at a National Level camp in Manali. Batra and his brother Vishal Batra also represented their school in Table Tennis at the All-Indian KVS Nationals. After completing his schooling, he did his B.Sc from DAV college Chandigarh. Vikram was the president of the youth Service Club of his college. He also joins Air Wings of the NCC and was adjudged the best NCC Air Wing Cadet. Vikram also represented his college in Rupblic day Prade as an NCC Cadet.
In 1995 he was selected for Merchant Navy. But he did not join because his mother declined. After completing his B.Sc he enrolled in MA at Panjab University in Chandigarh. He started a part-time job in a traveling agency as a branch manager. He attended class in the evening session. That time he Met Dimple Cheema. She also enrolled in MA in English. After one meeting they fall in love. He also starts the Preparation for CDS(Combined Defence Services) Examination. In 1996 he was selected for the Indian army. They left MA and join IMA( Indian Military Academy)Manekshaw Battalion at Dehradun. He completes 19-month training and graduated from the IMA In ^ December 1997 he was commissioned as a lieutenant in the Indian Army.
He was commissioned as a lieutenant in the 13th battalion of the Jammu and Kashmir Rifles. After commissioning he went for regimental training in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh. After Training he got his first posting in the Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir. In March 1998 he was sent to Infantry School at Mhow, Madhya Pradesh for Young Officer’s Course. This training lasted for 5 months and he was awarded alpha grading. And he joins his battalion Sopore. During that time he had several encounters with militants.
The last time he come home was in 1999 for the Holi Festival. After his leave, he joins his battalion Sopore. On 6 June 1999 he received an order to move to Dras. On 18 June 1999 13th battalion of the Jammu and Kashmir Rifles under the command of lieutenant Colonel Yogesh Kumar Joshi of capturing point 5140. Joshi decided to attack Point 5140 with Delta Company. Vikram Batra chose the word “Yhe Dil Mange More” to be the success signal for his signal. and he captures 5140 he was promoted to the rank of the caption. After winning 5140 the peak was also called Tiger Point.
On June 29, 1999, Vikram Batra’s team was called for the summit of Kargil’s Peak 4875. This war was very difficult because this peak was 17000 feet that were very difficult to climb. But Vikram Batra and his team decide that they will come by hoisting the tricolor. and he captured Peak 4875. Captain Vikram Batra also known as Shershaah. On 7 July 1999 Captain Vikram Batra also sacrificed for the country.
Award – On 15 August 1999, he was awarded Param Vir Chakra. His father received his award.