New Delhi: The Army will celebrate its
hard-won victory in a tank battle at Basantar during the 1971
Indo-Pak war for two days beginning tomorrow at Mathura.
During the celebrations, to be held under the auspices of
the Army`s 1 `Strike` Corps headquarters, the next of kin of
two winners of Param Vir Chakra, the country`s highest
war-time gallantry medals, will be felicitated, Army officials
said here today.
Family members of Second Lieutenant Arun Khetrapal, who
was killed in the battle between the Armoured Regiments of
Indian Army and Pakistani Army and Colonel Hoshiar Singh would
be present on the occasion.
"Basantar Day will be celebrated at Mathura on December
15 and 16 to pay homage to those who were killed in battle
during the 1971 Indo-Pak war. Next of kin of 2nd Lt Arun
Khetrapal and Col Hoshiar Singh will be gracing the occasion,"
The Battle of Basantar took place between December 4 and
16 in 1971 and is considered one of the vital battles fought
in the western sector.
Indian troops had won the battle to secure the area in
the Punjab-Jammu sector and the Battle of Basantar encompassed
the entire gamut of battles and skirmishes fought in the
The battle was fought on both Indian and Pakistani side
by their respective 1 Corps.
Second Lieutenant Kheterpal, who served in 17 Poona
Horse, a cavalry unit, fought the battle on a T-55 tank and
had destroyed nearly 10 Pakistani Patton tanks.
Col Hoshiar Singh was a 3 Grenadiers Regiment officer,
who led his troops to capture Jarpal in the Shagargarh Sector
during the Battle of Basantar.