Service No: IC-14682

Date of Birth : Nov 02, 1937

Birth Place : Panditwari, Uttrakhand

Service: Army

Last Rank : Captain

Last Unit : 3 Jat

Regiment : The Jat Regiment

Operation: Op Riddle

Awards : MVC

Date of Martyrdom : Sep 21, 1965

Captain Kapil Singh Thapa MVC

Captain Kapil Singh Thapa  was born on 2nd November 1937, in the village of Panditwari, Dehradun, Uttrakhand in the family of Mr. D.S. Thapa. On the 30th of June 1963 he was commissioned in the Jat Regiment.


Indo-Pak war : 1965 


During the Indo-Pak War 1965, the battalion of Jat Regiment was operated in the Lahore sector. On the night of 21st September, Captain Kapil Thapa was given the task of capturing the north western edge of Dograr village. The battalion was assigned different targets to attack companies in Dograi. The ‘D’ Company was asked to secure a foothold on the north-eastern projection of Dograi township. The company crossed the start line at 0139 hours. An enemy platoon, entrenched on the east bank of the canal, opposed its advance with intense medium machine gun fire. The enemy shelling also retarded the Indian progress.


At this stage, the depth platoon of V’ Company under Captain Thapa charged the enemy position across a minefield which was belching fire. A fierce hand-to-hand fight ensued on the bunkers. Captain Thapa himself engaged the enemy with grenades and bayonets. In spite of heavy casualties, the platoon successfully made to the objective. However, Captain Thapa laid down his life in this grim battle.


Captain Kapil Singh Thapa was awarded Mahavir Chakra for displaying conspicuous gallantry, determination and leadership, posthumously.

The citation for the Maha Vir Chakra awarded to him reads:


On the night of the 21st/22nd September 1965, during the battle of Dogral, Captain Kapil Thapa was given the task of capturing the north western edge of Dograr village. He personally led his men through a minefield and assaulted the enemy position. He engaged the enemy with grenades and bayonets and captured the objectives, but was himself killed in the encounter.


Captain Kapil Singh Thapa displayed conspicuous gallantry and determination in the best traditions of the Army.

  • The Housing project of Kapil Vihar in Faridabad was named after Captain Kapil Singh Thapa MVC.
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  • Vishnu Deva Dubey

    2018at9:02 pm Reply

    tribute of our brave soldiers can’t be forgotten ever. because of them only we stand here in free air.

  • C l sharma

    2018at4:37 pm Reply

    I am a resident of Kapil Vihar which has been named after this Brave soldier and I am proud of suggestion to the authorities is that we should daily bath the statues of such brave men who sacrificed their lives so that we can live in peace and garland them daily. C l sharma


    2020at7:54 pm Reply

    I heard about this brave hero through radio programme on this kargil vijay diwas and refresh myself as such soldiers sacrifice their lives for our peaceful life. Jai JAWAN jai hind.

    • Col Jiwan Kumar Chhetri

      2021at8:11 pm

      Kapil was a die hard soldier. Before getting commissioned ha had fought in Indo China war in 1962 in Eastern Ladakh as a soldier of 1/8 Gorkha Rifles as a Sepoy. Later he got commissioned as an Officer from Indian Military Academy in 3 Bn the Jat Regt on11 Jan 1963. A soldier by by birth.

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