Lt Col Ved Prakash Ghai, MVC, Indian Army

Lt Col Ved Prakash Ghai, MVC

Lt Col Ved Prakash Ghai was a battle hardened veteran in 1971, where he commanded the Madras regiment in Shakargarh by the river Basantar in the northwest.

On 15 Dec, he was asked to to attack Lahial and Sarajchak across the river. The Indian attack was well planned and through there was continuous and heavy firing the regiment battled on and captured the two enemy positions.

The enemy retaliated swiftly. A first attack was repelled, the second one began at dawn the next day. Lt Col Ghai remained in the trenches encouraging and goading on his men. But just as the tide was turning in India's favour, a stay bullet hit the Colonel. He continued to give orders as life ebbed away away from his body. Finally victory was achieved but the Colonel lay dead.

Lt Col Ved Prakash Ghai was posthumously honoured with the Mahavir Chakra.