Jintu Gogoi

Place of Birth : Golaghat, Assam

Service: Army

Last Rank: Captain

Unit: 17 Garhwal

Arm/Regt : 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 of Assam. Son of, Hon Fg Offr Thogiram, an IAF veteran and Duluprabha , Capt Gogoi had a sister, Luna. Capt Jintu Gogoi was commissioned into 17 Garh Rif of the Garhwal Rifles Regiment, one of the most decorated regiments of Indian Army. During 1999, his unit was deployed in J & K area and when the Kargil war broke out, he 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 Capt Jintu Gogoi 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, Batalik Sector: 30 Jun 1999

 

On the night of 29th June, Capt Gogoi and his troops were given a mission to clear the enemy from Kala Pathar in the Jubar heights, a ridge-line overlooking Jubar top, astride the National Highway connecting Srinagar and Leh. This area was near the line of control in the Batalik region. Capt Jintu Gagoi took charge of the mission and set course towards the objective that entailed an arduous climb. 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. On being asked to surrender Capt Gogoi living up to the motto of his Regiment , “Yudhaya Krit Nischya(Fight With Determination)”, charged at the enemy troops with the his Regimental war cry , “Badri Vishal Lal Ki Jai (Victory to the Sons of Lord Badri Nath)”. Capt Gogoi in a daring action killed two enemy soldiers but also got injured during the exchange of fire. He received a full burst from a machine gun in his solar plexus but he continued firing till he collapsed. He later succumbed to injuries and his body was found barely 150 yards from the picket on Jubar Top. Capt Jintu Gogoi was given the gallantry award, “Vir Chakra” posthumously for his bravery in utter disregard for his own safety. The battalion launched fresh attacks in the subsequent days and took Kalapathar. This paved the way for further successes – the battalion proceeded to take another dominating feature in the Muntho Dhalo complex, finally taking Point 5285 despite heavy snowfall and effective enemy fire. The battalion was later awarded the Battle Honour ‘Batalik’ for its exploits in Op Vijay.

 

Khumtai, a nondescript township in Golaghat district, has become a pilgrimage site after Capt 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.

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 Jubar 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”.
  • 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.
  • The government of Assam has allotted 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

And

Their every feeling will be billed

Down the tik tok of the clock

Every something will be killed,

They in past,

shared something,

Or

Its end to everything.

 
 
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45 Comments
  • Himanjan Sarma

    2017at8:24 am Reply

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

  • Juganta Gogoi

    2017at11:22 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

    2017at9:48 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

    2018at3:28 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

    2018at1:26 am Reply

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

  • Ramen Deka

    2018at3:32 pm Reply

    You will be immortal always
    Salute #capt._jintu_gogoi sir

  • Nipu Kalita

    2018at7:22 am Reply

    You are proud of Golaghat Assam & India.
    I salute ur sacrefication for sake of our nation…..u r slways being reminded

  • Prakash Mili

    2018at11:06 am Reply

    Why there is no wikipedia information on Jintu Gogoi??
    He is martyr too.
    He deserves it too.
    Jai hind!

  • radhey shyam dayal

    2018at1:12 pm Reply

    my dear frnd still u r alive in my mind n soul .stll focus ur face n smile we shared at ambala…..u r not away but here in my heart n sight once n always….u wll be remembered till the universe persist
    ur truly
    jai hind
    r s dayal
    sainik school nagrota

  • radhey shyam dayal

    2018at1:18 pm Reply

    the country wll never vanish ur supreme sacrifice made for ur motherland.
    dad mom eyes will never tears as they know their son is still stands in the heart of million brothers n sisters..god wll never call him as he still stands for the need of the country .jai hind

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