Service No: IC-22479

Date of Birth: Jun 15,1941

Place of Birth: Agra (UP)

Service: Army

Last Rank : Major

Unit: 15 Kumaon

Arm/Regt: The Kumaon Regiment

Operation: Op Blue Star

Award: AC

Date of Martyrdom : Jun 07, 1984

Major Bhukant Mishra AC

Major Bhukant Mishra was born on  15 June 1941 in the village  Nowbasta Talipara, of Agra in Uttar Pradesh. Son of Shri B L Mishra, Maj Bhukant was commissioned into 15 battalions of the Kumaon Regiment on 04 Apr 1970.

 

Operation Blue Star: 1984

 

The terrorism was at its peak in Punjab during 1984, and the terrorists had captured the sacred Golden Temple in Amritsar. A decision was taken by the Indian Government to launch a military operation to evacuate the temple and this operation was code-named  as Op Blue Star.

 

On  06 June 1984, a Company commanded by late Major Bhukant Mishra was tasked to clear a temple complex. The Complex was very heavily fortified and was converted into impregnable bastion. Earlier attempts to clear the building during the night had suffered very heavy casualties. At 0440 hours one company led by Major Bhukant Mishra advanced behind an Armoured Personnel Carrier, which was soon hit by anti-tank gun fire. At the same time the company came under very heavy fire and suffered eight casualties, including the JCO of the leading platoon.

 

Realizing the loss of command and control in the leading platoon, Major Bhukant Mishra rushed forward, irrespective of the heavy fire all around and soon established command and control. Two companies were launched at 0530 hours on the next day. Both the companies advanced at the given time but soon came under very heavy fire. Major Bhukant Mishra’s company once again suffered very heavy casualties and the advance of this company stalled. Major Bhukant Mishra at this stage stood in front of the company and asked them to follow him and charged at the base of the Complex. This daring act by Major Bhukant Mishra inspired the company and they rushed behind him and gained a foothold.

 

A light machine gun firing through a pot hole in the base was interfering in the further advance. Major Bhukant Mishra, without bothering for his safety, now crawled towards the base and destroyed the light machine gun and the crew by lobbing a grenade through the pot hole. Immediately after destroying the light machine gun, Major Bhukant Mishra rushed to the steps leading into the Complex. As he was about to enter the Complex, he was hit by a burst of Medium Machine Gun and was martyred.

 

Major Bhukant Mishra displayed courage, bravery and outstanding leadership skills during the entire operation. For his bravery and supreme sacrifice Major Bhukant Misra was posthumously awarded nation’s highest gallantry award during peace time  “Ashok Chakra”.

The citation for the Ashoka Chakra awarded to him reads:

 

A Company commanded by late Major Bhukant Mishra was tasked to clear a complex during June 84. The Complex was very heavily fortified and was converted into impregnable bastion. Attempts to clear the building during the night suffered very heavy casualties. At 0440 hours one company led by Major Bhukant Mishra advanced behind an Armoured Personnel Carrier, which was soon hit by anti tank gun fire. At the same time the company came under very heavy fire and suffered eight casualties, including the JCO of the leading platoon. Realizing  the loss of command and control in the leading platoon, Major Bhukant Mishra rushed forward, irrespective of the heavy fire all around and soon established command and control. Two companies were launched at 0530 hours on the next day. Both the companies advanced at the given time but soon came under very heavy fire. Major Bhukant Mishra’s company once again suffered very heavy casualties and the advance of this company stalled. Major Bhukant Mishra at this stage stood in front of the company and asked them to follow him and charged at the base of the Complex. This daring act by Major Bhukant Mishra inspired the company and they rushed behind him and gained a foothold. A light machine gun firing through a pot hole in the base was interfering in the further advance. Major Bhukant Mishra, without bothering for his safety, now crawled towards the base and destroyed the light machine gun and the crew by lobbing a grenade through the pot hole. This act was an example of cold courage. Immediately after destroying the light machine gun, Major Bhukant Mishra rushed to the steps leading into the Complex. As he was about to enter the Complex, he was shot down and killed by a burst of Medium Machine Gun. Throughout the action late Major Bhukant Mishra displayed courage, bravery and a tremendous sense of duty towards the men he commanded and the country he served. The officer laid down his life like a gallant soldier leading his men right in front. For this supreme sacrifice and the gallantry displayed, Major Bhukant Misra was posthumously awarded “Ashok Chakra”.

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3 Comments
  • Tinna Malhotra

    2017at3:49 pm Reply

    Op Blue Star was an operation that changed the history of India and your contribution in that operation will always be remembered. Salute to you and your family. Jai Hind

  • RAJAT MISHRA

    2020at2:15 pm Reply

    I am proud of my Tauji, I am proud of my family Jai hind.

  • AMAR WADHWA

    2021at10:51 pm Reply

    He was our neighbour in Sagar in 1980. A very handsome officer. And very very brave.

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