Brig Francis Tiburtius Dias, Vr.C, Indian Army

Brig Francis Tiburtius Dias, Vr.C

During the Indo-Pak war in December 1971, Lt Col F.T. Dias was commanding a battalion of 11th Gorkha Rifles during the operations in the Eastern Sector.

On 12th December, he was ordered to capture a well-prepared position held by an enemy infantry battalion. Again, on 13th December, the battalion was assigned the task of capturing two bridges held by the enemy in strength. And finally on 14th December, the battalion was assigned the task of capturing a portion of Bogra Town. Under his leadership, the battalion carried out all the tasks successfully, inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy.

After contacting the enemy defences at Mahasthana, he infiltrated between the enemy's forward defended localities, raided the enemy battalion headquarters, and captured the officer commanding along with other officers. He also thwarted enemy efforts to blow up bridges. It was due to him that the battalion contributed to a great extent in clearing Bogra Town and taking a large number of prisoners.

Throughout this operation, Lt Col Dias displayed gallantry, professional skill and leadership of a high order.