Indian victory at ‘OP Hill’ commemorated

Excelsior Correspondent

GOC 25 Infantry Div Maj Gen D A Chaturvedi and other ranks paying homage to heroes of OP Hill Battle at Krishna Ghati.
GOC 25 Infantry Div Maj Gen D A Chaturvedi and other ranks paying homage to heroes of OP Hill Battle at Krishna Ghati.

MENDHAR, Nov 3:  Indian Army today commemorated its victory in the battle of       OP Hill fought in 1965 against Pakistan in the Krishna Ghati Sector.
In a gritty hand-to-hand combat, valiant soldiers of 2 DOGRA, 5 Sikh LI, 7 Sikh and 2 Garhwal Rifles had on this day 50 years ago, attacked OP Hill and repulsed Pakistani troops who were threatening Mendhar town.
The battle of OP Hill is replete with acts of valour and heroic endeavour. Seven Officers, 06 JCOs and 158 jawans made the supreme sacrifice in this battle and the grateful Nation bestowed 03 Maha Vir Chakras, 03 Vir Chakras, 13 Sena Medals and 11 COAS Commendations in the aftermath of the Battle to its brave sons. A ‘Sonnet Lumiere’ recording these exploits for posterity, was screened on the occasion as a poignant reminder of this battle.
Wreaths were laid by Maj Gen DA Chaturvedi, GOC 25 Infantry Division, Commanders 10, 93 and 120 Infantry Brigades, Mr Mohammad Harun, Deputy Commissioner Poonch and JS Johar, SSP Poonch. Ceremonial contingents from 2 Dogra, 1 Mahar and 7 Sikh paid homage as the ‘Last Post’ resounded in the hills of Krishna Ghati signifying the Indian Army’s resolve to defend every inch of the Country.

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