Captain Jintu was born in Khumtai a small town in Golaghat district, Assam. Son of , Hon Fg Offr Thogiram, an IAF veteran and Duluprabha , Capt Gogoi had a sister, Luna. Capt Jintu Gogoi belonging to 17 Garhwal regiment was recalled from leave to join his unit just 12 days after his engagement.
Capt Gogoi was an inspiration to the people of the entire state, specially the younger generation. The state of Assam was going through turbulent times during the kargil war as the Ulfa had given an open call to the people of the state to back the Kargil intruders. The presence of Jintu and his inspirational words made the people of Assam to back him and India. Capt. Gogoi was awarded the Vir Chakra on 15 august 1999 for the courage he displayed while leading his troops to evict the enemy from Kala Pathar in the Batalik sector.
Op Vijay, Batallik Sector: June 1999
On the night of 29th June, Capt Gogoi and his troops were given a mission to clear the enemy from a ridge called Kala Pathar. This area was near the line of control in the Batalik region. Captain Jintu took charge of the mission and led his team valiantly. L/nk Madan Singh, Rfn Jaideep Singh, Rfn Varinder Lal (17 Garhwal), Sep Rajvir Singh, Sep Dharambir Singh, Sep Vinod Kumar, Sub Harphul Singh, Sep Gazpal Singh and Sep Krishan Kumar (17 JAT) also accompanied Capt Jintu Gogoi.
Capt Gogoi led his troops to the top of the ridge, however, they were spotted by the enemy and were surrounded from all directions. They were asked to surrender to the enemy. But Captain Jintu Gogoi did not surrender and started shooting at the enemy and killed two enemy troops. In this exchange of bullets, a full burst from a machine gun caught him in his solar plexus. Despite being grievously injured, he tried to get his troops to safety. He continued to fire till his troops were away from the firezone. He later succumbed to injuries and his body was found barely 150 yards from the picket on Jubar Hills.
Khumtai, a nondescript township in Golaghat district, has become a pilgrimage site after Jintu’s “sacrifice” and people from far off places in the state visit the small house of the Gogois to pay their respects to the brave son of the soil. Just a day before he fell in the battlefield, Jintu had written to his father, “The war was well done. Nothing known about my next visit”.
Capt. Gogoi displayed immense showed extreme courage and valor in the face of death. He disregarded his own safety and made the supreme sacrifice to enable his troops to find a safe position away from the firing zone. He chose an honorable way to die rather than surrender to the enemy.