Service No: SS-37218

Date of Birth : Mar 4, 1972

Birth place: Jaipur, Rajasthan

Service: Army

Last Rank: Lieutenant

Unit : 4 Jat

Arm/Regt : The Jat Regiment

Date of Martyrdom : May 17, 1999

Lt Amit Bharadwaj

Born on 4th March 1972, Lt Amit Bhardwaj was the only child of Mr. O.P Sharma and Mrs. Sushila Sharma. Lt Amit grew up with very good moral values from a very tender age and would donate some part of his pocket money to the poor from the age of seven. He completed his schooling from St. Xavier’s Boys school and was an active member of St. Xavier’s old Boys Association. He was a keen sportsman and an excellent table tennis and football player.

 

Lt Amit Bhardwaj’s politeness during his student days, won the hearts of his teachers and students alike, making him a very popular figure in school. He completed his graduation from Rajasthan University and always had a desire to join the armed forces and serve his motherland. He joined the army in 1997 and was commissioned into the 4 Jat of the famed Jat Regiment, a regiment known for its valiant soldiers and numerous battle honours. After his  first tenure  at Pithoragarh, Lt Amit Bhardwaj  was posted  to Kaksar area in kargil.

 

Kargil War: 17 May 1999

 

There were reports about Pakistani infiltration in May 1999 and Lt Bhardwaj’s unit was given the task to verify the legitimacy of these reports. On May 14, the 4th Jat Battalion launched a patrol to check the strategically important Bajrang post with Lt Saurabh Kalia leading the five man patrol. Heavy snowing in the area prevented them from reaching Bajrang post on that day, and they resumed their patrol the day after. But as they neared their objective around 3.30 pm on May 15, they were suddenly fired upon by the intruders who had occupied the Bajrang Post. They reported the incident back to battalion headquarters, seeking urgent reinforcements. Lt Kalia and his team fought back, but soon ran out of ammunition. They were surrounded and captured before the reinforcements arrived.

 

Lt Amit Bharadwaj then led a team of 30 soldiers and launched the search mission for Lt Kalia and his troops on 17th May 1999. On reaching the Bajrang post, he realized that the number of enemies were much more than they had anticipated. Realizing that they were outnumbered, he ordered his men to retreat back and report to the base camp for help. For the retreat to be successful, one had to provide cover fire and engage the enemy while the troops retreated. He led from the front to provide cover fire which enabled his 30 soldiers to reach back their base camp safely. Lt Bharadwaj killed more than 10 infiltrators in the process. He had one soldier Hav Rajbir Singh supporting him alongside. However Lt Bharadwaj and his fellow soldier got severely injured during the exchange of fire and later succumbed to their injuries.

 

Lt Bhardwaj’s body could not be retrieved till the end of the war, on July 13, 1999. Finally his body was recovered 57 days after his martyrdom. Lt Bhardwaj’s weapon was found to be in his hand when his body was recovered. Lt. Bharadwaj’s family refused to believe the rumours about his death and believed that their son was still alive, fighting the enemy in the border. The family was still hoping to hear from Lt Bharadwaj but the inevitable was finally confirmed when his body was recovered after 57 days of his martyrdom. Lt Amit Bharadwaj was a valiant soldier and an officer par excellence who laid down his life in the service of the nation.

  • During the last journey of Lt Amit Bharadwaj, the city of Jaipur was in utter state of grief on seeing their hero in a casket. Thousands of school children, citizens and relatives along with ex- Vice President Mr. Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, Chief Minister Mr. Ashok Gehlot, His highness Maharaja Bhawani Singh, Governor of Jaipur, Mayor Shri Mohanlal Gupta, Senior Army officers and higher Government authorities payed tribute to Lt Amit Bharadwaj.
  • A trust has been established in his name called, Shaheed Amit Bhardwaj Memorial Charitable Trust (Established in September 1999).It is a voluntary organisation dedicated to the service of the needy,destitute and the under privileged sections of the society. Based in Jaipur, Rajasthan the trust undertakes a number of charitable activities including Blood Donation Camps,Tree Plantation Programmes, Scholarships to the Students and many other welfare activities.
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7 Tributes
  • Valsan Kunnath - Thrissur,Kerala

    2017 at 9:41 pm Reply

    Big Salute to the Brave Son of Bharath Lt Amit Bharadwaj
    “Duty beyond Death” “Soldiers go beyond call of Duty”
    Young Officer you gave your today for our tomorrow, Salute you Sir
    You proved the patriotism in the most inspiring way to the Motherland
    Some goals are so worthy, It’s glorious even to fail
    Jai Hind Vandemathram

  • Anadi Shankar Roy Choudhary - Kolkata,West Bengal

    2018 at 2:35 pm Reply

    Lt.Amit Bharadwaj sacrificed his life as per finest tradition of Indian Armed Forces. A great soldier and distinguished son of mother India, Lt. Amit will always remembered by this country with great respect.

  • Anup Verma - Bilaspur,Himachal Pradesh

    2018 at 11:21 am Reply

    The Kargil War is one of the most glorious entries in the history of the Indian Army. However, the splendid win came at the cost of several bravehearts – valiant soldiers who chose to fight for their motherland till their very last breath. While the names of some martyrs like Captain Vikram Batra, Captain Manoj Kumar Pandey and Captain Vijyant Thapar became known to the due to their unprecedented valour, several war heroes still remain unsung. One such army man is Captain Amit Bhardwaj.
    http://newshour.press/india/amit-bhardwaj-untold-story-unsung-hero/

  • Aayush Kumar - Kullu,Himachal Pradesh

    2018 at 8:29 am Reply

    A question in my mind has always been there,why no gallantry awards for Captain Saurabh Kalia and Captain Amit Bhardwaj. Captain Amit Bhardwaj sacrificed his life to save the life of his platoon…….You will never be forgotten sir,भावभीनी श्रद्धान्जली,शत शत नमन!!!

  • Nishant kumar - Jaipur,Rajasthan

    2018 at 7:16 am Reply

    A big tribute tu Lt bhardwaj….I saw when I was travelling to a way in jaipur and saw Lt Amit Bhardwaj Marg ..and just searched …i knew it it would be a great honor to search ….and as I got it….salute to him…

  • Er hemant Sitapura teleperformamce - Jaipur,Rajasthan

    2019 at 1:09 am Reply

    Wanted to go towards your residence and I was keen to touch feet of your parents when I had been in Jaipur.It was my unfortunate.

  • Ayush sharma - Ajmer,Rajasthan

    2019 at 3:14 pm Reply

    I live near the house where he lived. His grandmother was known to us.
    Her grandmother too died in the temple when in the sadness of his grandson.
    He was a only son to there parents.

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