Service No : IC25260W

Service: Army

Last Rank : Brigadier

Unit : HQ 16 Corps/EME

Arm/Regt : Corps of EME

Operation : CI & IS Ops

Date of Martyrdom : 22 Jul 2003

Brig Vijay Kumar Govil

Brig Vijay Kumar Govil was commissioned into the Corps of EME. By the year 2003, he had risen to the rank of a Brigadier and had served in various opertaional areas with challenging work environments.

 

Akhnoor Attack: 22 Jul 2003

 

During 2003, Brig Vijay Kumar Govil was serving with HQs 16 Corps as Deputy Director EME. The Head Quarters was located in Nagrota between Jammu & Udhampur. On 22nd Jul 2003, at around 5 am a group of heavily armed militants attacked an army camp at Tanda in Akhnoor area near Jammu. Three militants disguised in army uniform managed to enter the closely guarded Head Quarters of 610 Field EME Battalion and fired indiscriminately. During the firing, a total of seven soldiers were martyred and 14 others got injured. In the ensuing gun battle with the troops, two militants were neutralized. Brig Govil decided to rush to the site to assess the situation and take appropriate military measures. The situation was still volatile and entailed risk as the number of attackers was not fully known. However, Brig Govil without caring for his own safety was determined to go to the site. He also convinced other senior commanders to visit the site to take stock of the situation.

 

Though as per the available information, the attackers had been neutralized, the third militant was still hiding within the camp. As Brig Govil and other senior commanders including Army Commander Lt Gen Hari Prasad, the GoC 16 Corps Lt Gen T.P. S. Brar, Maj Gen K.K. Khanna, and Maj Gen T.K. Sapru reached the site, the third militant blew himself up. The blast had devastating effects seriously injuring Brig Govil and some other officers. However, Brig Govil succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. Brig Vijay Kumar Govil was a committed soldier and an officer par excellence, who laid down his life following the highest traditions of the Indian army.

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7 Comments
  • Chandra S Samavedula

    2019at9:54 am Reply

    Salutation to Brig Govil for laying down his life to protect Bharatmata.

  • Brig Khushwant Saini

    2020at11:21 pm Reply

    Great human being, true friend, loyal soldier who laid his life for the country.
    May he RIP

    • स्नेह अग्रवाल

      2020at7:44 am

      मेरे लिए भैया के प्रति अपनी भावनाओं को शब्दों में व्यक्त कर पाना बहुत कठिन है।उनके और परिवार के साथ बिताए हर क्षण मेरे लिए अमूल्य हैं। वैष्णो देवी की हमारी अधिकांश यात्राएं भैया के कारण ही संभव हो पाती थीं जहां हम लगभग हर वर्ष वैष्णो माता के दरबार में जाते थे अब पिछले सत्रह वर्षों में केवल तीन या चार बार ही जा पाए हैं।हमारे लिए भैया का जाना एक अपूरणीय क्षति है।शत शत नमन।

  • Mitra Saxena

    2020at3:26 am Reply

    Vijay jijaji ,as we knew him ,respected him and loved him, was one of the most zindadil person we knew .
    Same year in March we had visited him and Did pilgrimage of Vaishno Devi with ease due to his presence ..His wish on our return was ,send Chacha chachiji ,too ,my parents ….And Yes they visited him to See him Off ,Stand with pride when he was,wrapped in tricolor ,witnessed the bravery and courage of his two proud daughters and our jiji…When they were bidding him final goodbyes ..
    The story of supreme sacrifice of a martyr continues for life when his family never mourns and learns to live with the pain…

  • Arun Kuruvilla

    2020at9:16 pm Reply

    Brig VK Govil 16 Corps Indian Army. Amar Rahe ! Jai Hind !

  • PRADEEP YADAV

    2020at6:10 am Reply

    He made supreme sacrifice for the country without caring for his own life .My big salute to him.. Our country is protected because of sacrifices made by officers and soldiers like him..

  • Lalita Airan

    2020at7:13 pm Reply

    It was our privilege to know him. Wish we would have been able to spend more time together. Very proud of the whole family. Thanks to Charu to post it.

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