“I did not realize that the Lahore road would lead to Kargil” –Atal Bihari Vajpayee
July 3, 1999, 5:15 PM. Two months had passed. Petrifying two months I would say. But the real atrocity was about to knock the doors. What I am talking about is ‘Point 4660’, popularly known as the “Tiger Hill” , in the Drass-Kargil area of Jammu & Kashmir. The Pakistani forces had captured this 5307 metres high peak from where they could easily sneak a look at the headquarters of the ‘56-Brigade’, one the main force in charge of that area. Also, the Srinagar-Leh highway- NH 1D was clearly in sight from that very peak which was the main route used for supplying arms and ammunitions to this area.
The incessant peeping and glancing of the enemy from the top had put the army in a precarious condition coming out of which was a daunting task. This task was assigned to the 18 Grenadiers, 2 Naga and 8 Sikh Regiment of the Indian army. In front of the soldiers was a 1000 ft steep hill and in heart the vow to bring back in our control what they called Point 4660. Strategically too recapturing of Tiger Hill was very crucial.
An assault team consisting of 200 brave men marched forward, of course, with a super plan. Nagas attacked from the left flank and the Sikhs from the right. Grenadiers, comprising of ‘Alpha’, ‘Charlie’ and ‘Ghatak’ Commando Platoons attacked from the rear. Subedar Yogendra Singh Yadav was a part of the Ghatak Commando Platoon during this action.
His initial role was to climb the cliff and fix the ropes for further assault, which he did choose voluntarily. When his team reached the halfway, an enemy bunker launched continuous firing with machine guns. Unfortunately, the Platoon Commander, including two other soldiers were killed. Subedar Yadav too was hit by three bullets on his crotch and shoulders. Despite being severely injured, this brave son of India crawled forth and lobbed a grenade killing four Pakistani soldiers, thereby counterpoising the enemy fire. This valiant Indian climbed almost 65 feet with bullets in his body. He then attacked another bunker and in a hand-to-hand counter, killed four more Pakistanis. Subsequently, the Platoon recaptured the “Tiger Hill” at 6.50 am on 4 July.
This ‘13 hours 35 minutes-mission’ was successful because of the brave and fearless efforts and indomitable will of Subedar Yogendra Singh Yadav. A salute alone is what we have to offer. Words and phrases stand flimsy in front of his stature. However, Government of India did have the highest military decoration- “Param Vir Chakra” to award this man to respect the heroics and gallantry he showed in the Kargil War. While he continues to serve his motherland to this very day, Admirable India would like to thank Subedar Yogendra Singh Yadav and all the soldiers in the armed forces of India for being the reason why we feel so protected.
Proud to be an Indian.
Post by: Anup Sharma