Lt Gen JK Sharma felicitates cadets of Sainik School
A felicitation ceremony on the Martyrdom Day of late Captain Manoj Pandey, was organised at Puneet Dutt Auditorium in Lucknow Cantonment on July 3, 2017. Lieutenant General Jagdeep Kumar Sharma, Chief of Staff (COS), Central Command honoured the meritorious cadets of Sainik School. A documentary on the life of Captain Manoj Pandey was also screened during the ceremony.
Addressing the gathering, Lieutenant General Jagdeep Kumar Sharma remembered the gallant action by Captain Manoj Pandey and urged the young generation to emulate quality of selfless service to the nation.
The event was attended by Colonel Amit Chatterjee, Principal, Uttar Pradesh Sainik School, Shri Jaypal Singh, Founder Rani Laxmi Bai School, Lucknow, Brigadier Pankaj Singh, Commandant, 11 Gorkha Rifles Regimental Centre along with school children from Uttar Pradesh Sainik School.
Earlier, in the morning a wreath laying ceremony was also organised at Captain Manoj Pandey chowk in Lucknow Cantonment where Brigadier Pankaj Singh, Commandant, 11 Gorkha Rifles Regimental Centre (11GRRC) and Mr Gopichand Pandey laid the wreath in the presence of Mrs Mohini Pandey, mother of late Captain Manoj Pandey and all ranks of 11 Gorkha Rifles Regimental Centre.
Captain Manoj Pandey was commissioned on June 7, 1997 into 11 Gorkha Rifles of the Indian Army. On the night of July 2/3, 1999, 1/11 Gorkha Rifles was asked to capture Khalubar Ridge. He was injured under heavy enemy fire, while clearing the initial three bunkers. He was fatally hit on the forehead while clearing the fourth bunker. He kept on inspiring his men by his gallant and courageous act inspite of being seriously injured. Khalubar was later captured. Captain Manoj Pandey displayed indomitable courage and devotion to duty and made supreme sacrifice in the highest traditions of the Indian Army. Captain Manoj Pandey was awarded the Param Vir Chakra (Posthumously), India's highest gallantry award on August 15, 1999.
- Gargi Mlik Sinha