Jintu Gogoi

Place of Birth : Golaghat, Assam

Service: Army

Last Rank: Captain

UNIT: 17 Garhwal

Regiment : The Garhwal Rifles

Operation : Op Vijay (Kargil)

Awards: Vir Chakra

Date of Martyrdom: June 30,1999

Captain Jintu Gogoi, VrC

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.

The citation for the Vir Chakra awarded to him reads:

On the night of 29/30 June 1999 during “Operation Vijay”, Captain Jintu Gogoi was tasked to evict the enemy from ridge line Kala Pathar near the Line of control in general area of Juber Hill complex in Batalik sub-sector.

With utter disregard to his personal safety, he led the troops in the face of heavy enemy fire and reached the top by first light. However, he was immediately surrounded by the enemy and was asked to surrender. As he had no chance to protect himself, he chose the honorable way of fighting with valour and dignity. He opened fire on the enemy killing two enemy soldiers before making the supreme sacrifice. Before this action, he made sure that his group had taken cover for safety.

  • When the mortal remains of Capt Gogoi arrived in his hometown, every inch of space on either side of the road from Jorhat airport to Khumtai in Golaghat was packed with people shouting “long live Jintu Gogoi”. Tributes poured in from abroad as well. his family was overwhelmed that people from outside the country recognized his sacrifice and contributions.
  • A memorial complex has been built at Khumtai which displays all his personal belongings including his books, army uniform and photographs. It has a small museum which displays all of his belongings. It describes the life and work of the martyr.
  • A public meeting hall in his honor was inaugurated on July 26, which is observed as kargil diwas in order to commemorate the victory at kargil.
  • The government of Assam promised to allot an LPG Distribution agency to the family of Capt. Jintu Gogoi.
  • On 19th December 2015,Captain Jintu Gogoi, VrC Memorial Football Tournament was organised by ‘Dao Division’ in association with Dibrugarh District Sports Association (DDSA) as a mark of respect to Kargil Martyr and to promote a spirit of ‘Good Will’ among the local population.

A Poem dedicated to Capt Jintu Gogoi and his Fiancee:

Posted by Abhimanyu- the Voice of Nation


They two shared something

A connection,a spark,

A perfection,a blissful surrounding arc,

An undefined relation,an unique mystery,

A few unsaid decision,An unusual chemistry.

A strange attitude,a secret mutual admiration,

A love for solitude,a peculiar sensation

Both unaware of timing,against societies liking,

Both unaware that

Time is a bitch


Their every feeling will be billed

Down the tik tok of the clock

Every something will be killed,

They in past,

shared something,


Its end to everything.

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5 Tributes
  • Himanjan Sarma - Kamrup,Assam

    2017 at 8:24 am Reply

    Jintu da you r an inspiration for all the present generation assamese…..your sacrifice won’t be forgotten…..

  • Juganta Gogoi - Dibrugarh,Assam

    2017 at 11:22 am Reply

    Hats off to ur courage brother, ur sacrifice will never being forgotten, u are an inspiration for the young generation of Assam.. Jai hind

  • Valsan Kunnath - Thrissur,Kerala

    2017 at 9:48 pm Reply

    Big Salute to the Brave Son of Bharath Captain Jintu Gogoi, Vir Chakra
    “Duty beyond Death” “Soldiers go beyond call of Duty”
    You gave your today for our tomorrow, Salute you Sir
    You will never be forgotten and always be Saluted for your Indomitable Courage and Supreme Sacrifice to the Motherland.
    Jai Hind ..Vande matharam

  • Sochindra gogoi - Lakhimpur,Assam

    2018 at 3:28 am Reply

    You are always will be in our heart … Your warm sacrifice never forget…indian always will be memories you Whenever we memories mission vijay.

  • Gogoi Kaushik - Lakhimpur,Assam

    2018 at 1:26 am Reply

    A big salute and respect to the hero….you will be always in our heart…

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