Lt Col Harbans Lal Mehra, MVC, Indian Army

Lt Col Harbans Lal Mehra, MVC

Commanding 4 Madras in the Sialkot sector, Lt Col Mehra was asked to capture Maharajke, held by Pakistan in 1965.

In the early dawn of September 8, the battalion crossed the cease fire line and had soon reached within 100 meters of the enemy's forward defense line. The opposition was fierce and the reserve company was pressed into attack.

When this failed Lt. Col. Mehra directed his men to clear the area trench by trench. This led to a fierce hand-to-hand battle and the Indian soldiers inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy. The enemy, however, refused to surrender.

Time was running out, Lt Col Mehra pressed forward with another reserve company into the enemy flanks. His inspiring presence in the thick of battle led his men to press home the attack successfully. The enemy gave in but Lt Col Mehra lost his life in action.

For this exemplary courage and leadership, Mehra was awarded the Mahavir Chakra posthumously.