Tiger Hill was snowing on July 3, 1999. The phone rings in the Ops room at 9.30 pm. The operator said that Corps Commander General Kishan Pal wants to talk to Maj Gen Mohinder Puri immediately.
After a few minutes 'conversation between the two, Puri told the 56 Mountain Brigade Deputy Commander SV David,' Find out what is the TV reporter Barkha Dutt present around? And is he doing live commentary on the firing on Tiger Hill?
Lieutenant General Mohinder Puri recalls, "As soon as I came to know that Barkha Dutt is giving a live commentary of our attack on Tiger Hill, I went to him and said, stop it immediately. We do not want the Pakistanis to get its air. "
General Puri said, "I had given information of this attack only to my core commander, he had not told the army chief about this, so I was surprised that Barkha Dutt is doing live commentary of such a sensitive operation."
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Announcement of occupation of Tiger Hill
On 4 July, the then Defense Minister George Fernandes announced the occupation of Tiger Hill, until that time Indian soldiers had not fully occupied it.
The peak of Tiger Hill was still under the control of Pakistanis. At that time, two brave young officers of the Indian Army, Lieutenant Balwan Singh and Captain Sachin Nimbalkar, were wearing a heel of pebbles in moving the Pakistani soldiers on top of Tiger Hill.
He was just 50 meters below the peak, reaching the brigade headquarters, the message reached, 'De our short of the top.'
Srinagar and Udhampur happen till the message reached Delhi, its language had changed, 'Dere on on the Tiger Top'. These messages reached to Defense Minister when he was addressing a public meeting in Punjab.
They did not revisit the verdict, without reaffirming it, declared that India was now occupied by Tiger Hill.
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General Mohinder Puri explains that when he reported to the Corps Commander General Kishanpal, he said the first sentence, 'Go and take a shower in the champagne immediately.'
He narrated this story to the army chief, General Malik and he greeted me on this success by calling me.
But the story was not finished yet. The place on the top of Tiger Hill was so small that some young men could remain there.
The Pakistanis suddenly came up on the slopes and retaliated with counter-attacks on Indian soldiers.
At that time the clouds had grabbed the peak so that Indian soldiers were not visible to Pakistani soldiers. Seven Indian soldiers, who reached the peak in this attack, were killed.
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Heavy bombardment of Mirage 2000
The first attempt to capture 16,700 feet high Tiger Hill was done in May but they had to suffer a lot.
Then it was decided that until the nearby peaks were captured, the second attack on Tiger Hill would not be done.
Prior to the July 3 attack, 100 Batters of Indian Cannons simultaneously fired shells on Tiger Hill.
Prior to that Mirage 2000 aircraft dropped the 'Pave We Laser Guided' bomb and demolished Pakistani bunkers.
Earlier this kind of weapon was not used at such high altitude anywhere in the world.
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90 degree direct climbing
Following the terrain, Indian soldiers decided to go above the eastern slope. It was a straight and almost impossible climb of about 90 degrees.
But this was the only way that the Pakistanis could be dared to go.
The soldiers left their base camp at 8 o'clock and after continuous climb the next morning they reached near the top of Tiger Hill at 11 o'clock the next morning.
They used ropes to climb up to several places. His guns were tied with his back.
Senior journalist Harinder Baweja writes in his book 'A Solders Diary – Kargil the Inside Story', "It was one time that it was impossible for them to survive the eyes of Pakistani soldiers. They started fierce firing and the Indian soldiers were behind The two Indian soldiers were severely injured, the Pakistanis retreated and started throwing down heavy stones on Indian soldiers. Yes. "
Yogendra Singh Yadav's survival
On July 5, 25 soldiers of 18 Gradiers proceeded again. Pakistanis fiercely fired upon them Pills lasted for five hours continuously.
18 Indian soldiers were forced to retreat. Now there were only 7 Indian soldiers left.
Bithat Rawat, who wrote 'The Brave', says, "About 10 Pakistani soldiers came down to see if Indian soldiers were left alive or not, at around 11.30 pm, every Indian soldier had only 45 rounds of tablets left, and they let them come near. They used to wear cream colored pattanese suits. As soon as they came to them, seven Indian soldiers started firing. "
One of them was 19-year-old grenadier Yogendra Singh Yadav, resident of Bulandshahr.
They recall, "We fired very near Pakistanis and dropped eight of them down, but two of them managed to escape, they went upstairs to tell their colleagues that we are only seven down."
Pills even on corpses Run
Yogendra further explains, "In a short time 35 Pakistanis attacked us and surrounded us around, all my six companions were killed, I was lying between the corpses of Indian and Pakistani soldiers. They were going to kill, so they were also firing on corpses. "
"I closed my eyes and waited for my dying. There were about fifteen tablets in my legs, arms and other parts of the body, but I was still alive."
What happened after this was less dramatic than any film scene.
Yogendra explains, "Pakistani soldiers raised all our weapons, but they could not find the grenades kept in my pocket. I raised my grenades and pulled out my grenade and threw his pin and threw it on the Pakistani soldiers going forward."
"The grenade fell on the helmet of a Pakistani soldier, his patchwork was flung, I picked up a pica raifal lying near a corpse of a Pakistani soldier, and in my firing, five Pakistani soldiers were killed."
Only then Yogendra heard that the Pakistani were saying on wireless that move back from here and attack the MMG Base of India at 500 meters below.
By then, Yogendra had a lot of bleeding and he was also having difficulty in being conscious. At the same time there was a stream blowing. He jumped into that gully in the same condition. In five minutes, he came down drift 400 meters.
There Indian soldiers pulled them out of the drain. By that time, Yadav had so much bleeding that he was not able to see it.
But when his CEO Khushal Singh Chauhan asked, are you recognizing me? Yadav responded in a shocking voice, 'Sir, I recognize your voice. Jai Hind Sahib. '
Yogendra told Khushal Singh Chauhan that Pakistanis have vacated Tiger Hill and they are now coming to attack our MMG Base. After this, Yadav became unconscious.
Indian soldiers were ready for him sometime after Pakistani soldiers attacked there. Yadav was awarded the Param Vir Chakra, India's highest gallantry honor for his extraordinary heroism.
Indian Army's question of respect
On the other hand, the radio message was down from the bottom. The reason was that news of the announcement of victory over Tiger Hill reached the brigade headquarters. Brigade's top executives wanted to float the Indian flag at the top of the Tiger Hill as soon as possible, even if it had to pay any price for it.
This was a question of respect for the Indian Army because the world had been told that Tiger Hill had come under his control.
Meanwhile, a company of 18 Gradiers reached the collar peak, due to which the Pakistanis had to divide in many parts to protect their territory.
Harinder Baweja writes in his book, "Indians were waiting for this opportunity, this time the Indian soldiers under the leadership of 23-year-old Captain Sachin Nimbalkar spoke on the third attack.The Pakistani were not expecting this attack so soon, Nimbalkar The roads had full address, because they had walked up and down twice before, their youngsters reached the top of the tiger hill without any sound and in the minutes they He captured one of the eight Pakistani bunkers on Tiger Hill. "
A fight with the Pakistanis started here. Now they had no advantage of height. At 1:30 a.m. the top of Tiger Hill was under the control of Indian soldiers, but Pakistani troops were still on the other side of Tiger Hill.
Big to win Price
Then the Indian soldiers heard the shouts of happiness of their companions fighting below. Perhaps the radio message of their victory had reached them. Now he was not worried that the Defense Minister would not be ashamed before the world.
Indian soldiers were exhausted and exhausted. Lieutenant Strongs were in shock. When he attacked Tiger Hill, he had 20 soldiers with him. Now only 2 young men were saved.
The rest were either badly wounded or lost their lives. Some people started to take stock of the weapons that the Pakistani had left there.
Seeing that, his heart was shaken. He was so big that Pakistanis could fight without logic for weeks. Heavy weapons and 1000 kg 'light infantry gun' helicopters could not be reached there.
Two days before the attack on Tiger Hill, Indian soldiers captured a Pakistani soldier alive. His name was Mohammad Ashraf. He was badly injured.
Brigadier MPS Bajwa recalls, "I told my soldiers that send them to me, I want to talk to them, when they were brought to me, I was wearing their brigadier uniforms. He was crying and seeing me. "
"I was very surprised to see this and I asked him in Punjabi, 'Why are you crying?' His answer was: 'I do not command the commander to give life to us. He never came to us in Pakistan. This is a very big thing for me that you are such a big officer and you are talking to me in my language. And I have given food to me, it is very strange for me. "
Dead bodies returned with respect
The number of casualties in the battle of mountains is very high, because after getting the bullet, it takes a lot of time for the injured jaw to get down and by then many bleeds.
Many Pakistani soldiers were also killed. General Mohinder Puri explains that "many Pakistani soldiers were buried in the entire Islamic way in the presence of Indian clerics."
Initially, he was not accepting his dead body saying that these people are not from the Pakistani army. But later he got ready to take back his dead body.
Brigadier Bajwa recites an anecdote, "A few days after winning Tiger Hill, I received a radio message from Pakistan. The voice came from there 'I'm speaking CO 188 FF. I want you to return the bodies of our dead companions. "
The brigadier Bajwa asked, what can they do in return? They said that we will go back and you will not have to attack us to remove us.
Bajwa recalls, "We wrapped up their dead bodies in Pakistani battles with great respect in the battleground." I bet them in front of you that you have to bring your stretcher to get dead bodies, they bring the stretcher. Returned with the entire military rituals. The whole action was filmed, which can still be seen on YouTube.
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