The 15th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas was celebrated in India on 26 July 2014. The day is celebrated in the honour of war heroes of Kargil every year.
The Day was celebrated with equal pomp in Dras sector in Jammu & Kashmir and at Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate in New Delhi.
Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, Army chief Bikram Singh,Navy chief Robin Dhowan and Air Force chief Arup Raha paid tribute to martyrs at Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate in New Delhi.
On the eve of KargiL Vijay Diwas announce that Union government will soon finalise the construction of National War Memorial and War Museum for which the Union government has earmarked 100 crore rupees in the Union Budget 2014-15. The war memorial and museum will be constructed at Princess Park at India Gate Complex in New Delhi.
About Kargil War
Kargil War was fought between India and Pakistan in 1999. The war started with the reports that intruders from Pakistan had come deep inside Indian territory in strategic positions that overlooked the only road link between Srinagar and Leh.
The 73-day conflict fought during May – July 1999 saw Indian forces come out victorious against the intruders and taking back all the occupied strategic positions in Kargil and Dras sector.
Important facts of Kargil War
3 May 1999: Infiltrators from Pakistan side under the Operation Badr comes inside India with an aim to sever the link between Kashmir and Ladakh, and cause Indian forces to withdraw from the Siachen Glacier
25 May 1999: Indian Air Force launched Operation Safed Sagar with instructions to not cross the Line of Control
26 May 1999: Operation Vijay launched mobilizing almost 200000 troops
30 May 1999: Indian Navy launched Operation Talwar sending submarines on patrols close to Karachi harbor
4 July 1999: Indian forces captured Tiger Hill along with Point 4590 (the nearest point with full view of the Srinagar-Leh highway) and Point 5353 (the highest peak in the Dras Sector)
14 July 1999: Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee declares Operation Vijay a success
26 July 1999: Indian Army announces complete eviction of Pakistani intruders. Over 520 soldiers were killed in the entire Kargil war
The war saw awarding of Four Param Vir Chakras (PVCs), nine Maha Vir Chakras (MVCs) and 53 Vir Chakras among other medals.
Four Param Vir Chakras
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