On 28 June 1999 Captain Vijyant Thapar was commanding the Leading platoon of Alfa Company, which was tasked to assault area Knoll in Drass Sector frome the north during Operation Vijay While advancing, the platoon was hit by accurate enemy artillery barrage and it sufferred heavy casualties. Captain Thapar organized evacuation of the casualties and quickly rallied his shell-shocked platoon for the attack. Personally leading the attack from the Northern face against enemy's Medium Machine Gun fire, which was holding up the Company's assault, he fearlessly charged at the enemy position firing from the hip and throwing grenades. During this act, he was grievously injured in the hand and stomach but continued to advance ordering his men to follow him. Roused by the actions of their young Platoon Commander barely out of the Academy, the platoon charged up the hill against the dominating enemy position. This audacious action unnerved and forced the enemy to abandon a tactically superior position. The officer, however, succumbed to his injuries.

Captain Vijyant Thapar, thus, displayed remarkable cool, raw courage and exemplry valour and made the supreme sacrifice while facing the enemy.
Sumitra Devi, grandmother of Late. Capt. Vijyant Thapar received the Vir Chakra on behalf of her grandson, for his courageous deeds at Knoll. She is seen here escorted by Col Ravinder Nath of 2 Raj. Rif. at the Defence Investiture ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

Vijyant Helipad Bimbat Drass

A note of Army chief

Vice President honoring
Vijyant (Chandigarh)
The Tribune

Vir Chakra, the country's tribute

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