Service No: IC-4784
Last Rank : Major
Unit : 2 Rajput
Arm/Regt: The Rajput Regiment
Date of Martyrdom :Oct 21, 1962
Major B K Pant was the son of Subedar Bhagirath Pant who also served in the Army and retired in 1948. Major B K Pant was commissioned into 2 Rajput of the famed Rajput Regiment, a regiment known for its valiant soldiers and numerous battle honours.
Major B K Pant’s son Mukul Raj Pant also joined the Army and continued the legacy of serving in the armed forces. When Major B K Pant’s grand son, Sub Lt Vivek Pant joined the Navy, he became the fourth generation military officer of the family. Major B K Pant since his childhood wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father and serve in the armed forces. After being commissioned into an infantry regiment, he soon gathered expertise in the field craft skills and evolved into a committed soldier. Major B K Pant developed into a fine officer who commanded great respect of his juniors and peers as well.
Indo-China war – October 1962
With the rising tensions with China on the North Eastern border Maj B K Pant’s unit under the command of Lt Col Maha Singh Rikh was moved to the banks of the Namka chu river by October 10 1962, as a part of 7 Infantry Brigade. The brigade was stretched on a twelve-mile front along the Namka Chu, with the marching time from one end to the other being five days. The battalion was deployed in a trackless wilderness, where no mules could go and no civilian population lived which could help logistically. The shortage of winter clothing added to the hardships of the troops but they rose to the occasion and showed exemplary courage in the days to follow. By the time the fighting commenced, the Chinese had occupied all the dominating heights in the area. The Chinese troops launched a massive assault on the 2 Rajput front and in the fierce fighting that ensued, the battalion repulsed a number of determined attacks. Maj B K Pant who was commanding one of the companies faced one of the fiercest attacks.
On 21 Oct 1962, Maj B K Pant’s company held fast against three waves of Chinese assaults and suffered heavy casualties. Maj B K Pant himself was wounded in the stomach and legs, but in a rare show of courage and leadership he continued to inspire his men, exhorting them to fight till the last man. The Chinese sensing that their obstacle in advancing lay with Major Pant, brought a volley of machine gun fire on his position. Maj B K Pant was seriously injured and collapsed proudly shouting the Rajput Regiment’s battle-cry: “Bajrang Bali ki Jai.” His last words to his troops were truly inspiring wherein he said, “Men of the Rajput Regiment, you were born to die for your country. God has selected this small river for which you must die. Stand up and fight like true Rajputs”. In Maj B K Pant’s company out of 112 men, 82 got killed and wounded. Major B K Pant displayed extraordinary grit and gallantry and made the supreme sacrifice in the service of the nation like a true soldier.
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