Due to the high altitude of the enemies during the Kargil war, this battle was not easy for the Indian Army. The most difficult during this war was to regain control of Tiger Hill and kill the Pakistani infiltrator. The first goal was to drive away the enemy by climbing the peak. But before reaching there, a plan was made to drive away the Pakistan infiltrator from Tololing and its command was given to Major Rajesh Adhikari.
On 14 May 1999, Major Rajesh Adhikari was leading three 10-member teams, which were trying to capture the bunker built at Tololing at an altitude of 16,000 feet. During this, they were directly attacked by machine guns from the enemy side and the Major Officer immediately instructed his rocket launcher detachment to engage the enemies and killed two enemy soldiers.
Major Rajesh Adhikari then, acting very patiently, instructed the medium machine gun detachment to march behind a rock and engage the enemy. Simultaneously, he continued to grow inch by inch.
During this, he was seriously injured in the fierce firing of the enemies. Despite this, he kept giving instructions to his soldiers and refused to withdraw from the front. Rajesh Adhikari attacked the enemy’s second bunker and piled up the soldiers occupied there. Major officer had captured two bunkers in Tololing operation, which was very helpful in winning the point later. But the Major Officer, who was badly injured by enemy bullets, died on 15 May. He was the second army officer to be martyred in the Kargil war.
His body was recovered after 13 days. In his pocket was a letter written by his wife, which he had not read. Rajesh Adhikari was awarded the Maha Vir Chakra posthumously for this bravery.
Major Rajesh Singh Adhikari was born on 25 December 1970 in Nainital and did his early studies from St Joseph’s College in 1987. He did his secondary education from Government Inter College Nainital and after that B.Sc from Kumaon University, Nainital.
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