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Havildar Bachittar Singh was posthumously awarded the highest peacetime military decoration Award “Ashoka Chakra “, becoming the first Indian to receive this gallantry award. Let’s know more about him:-
During the Hyderabad operation on 13 September 1948, 2 Sikhs were posted at Nadler fort area. One of them was Havildar Bachittar Singh. He was commanding the leading troop in the operation when a strong rival post opened heavy fire on the leading platoon. When he saw two vehicles coming to them, he ordered one of the riflemen to fire on approaching vehicle and In spite of heavy firing he with one other man ran forward to capture those vehicles and their escort.
Later on the same day, rivals using Bren guns from a well-entrenched position opened fire on the leading platoon of Sikhs. Havildar Bachittar Singh charged the position with great skill and determination. The first attack by the platoon on his guidance got blunted whereas the second was blocked. About 20 yards from the objective, he suddenly got hit by a machine gun in his thigh and fell. After getting hit he didn’t stop, he started crawling and silenced the posy by throwing two grenades.
Even though wounded he refused to accept any medical help and kept on encouraging his platoon to go forward and capture the objective, which the platoon did.
Bachittar singh set a personal example of unsurpassed bravery, valour , grim devotion and determination towards the duty and nation. His inspirational story made everyone proud and he became the first person to received the coveted Award “Ashoka Chakra”since its inception in 1950.