Captain Devinder Singh Ahlawat, MVC, Indian Army

Captain Devinder Singh Ahlawat, MVC

The Dogra Regiment was deployed on the western front during the Indo-Pak war of 1971. On the night of 5th December, the Regiment commanded by Captain Devinder Singh Ahlawat launched an attack to capture the eastern end of the Dera Baba Nanak Bridge. The bridge was extremely well defended with machine guns and anti-tank guns.

As the regiment advanced, the enemy opened fire from a medium machine gun, fitted into a concrete shelter. To silence the gun, Captain Ahlawat made a dash in the gun's direction with utter disregard for his personal safety. Even as the firing continued, he grabbed the machine gun with his right hand and with his left, hurled a grenade into the shelter, effectively silencing the gun forever. His men could now move forward and they were soon in control of the bridge.

In his desperate run towards the machine gun, the Captain had sustained six bullet injuries. Even as his life ebbed away, he held on to the machine gun. Captain Ahlawat was posthumously honoured with the Mahavir Chakra.