Service No: IC-45068

DOB : 29 Mar 1961

Service: Army

Last Rank : Major

Unit: 7 Jat

Arm/Regt : The Jat Regiment

Operation : Op Rakshak (J&K)

Date of Martyrdom : Jun 09, 1996

Major Vikas Yadav SM

Major Vikas Yadav hailed from Haryana and was born on 29th March 1961. Son of Shri Maha Singh Yadav and Smt Shakuntla Yadav, Maj Vikas completed his schooling from Gurgaon and graduated from Government College, Gurgaon. Maj Vikas had a passion for Armed Forces and pursued his dream to join OTA in 1981. Major Vikas belonged to SS 34 Course from OTS, Madras (now OTA, Chennai) and got commissioned on 26th August, 1982 in the rank of Second Lieutenant.

 

Maj Vikas got commissioned into 7 Jat of the famed Jat Regiment of Army and was always very proud of his regiment. He underwent numerous training courses in his service career like YO’s course, Battalion Support Weapon course etc and evolved into a dedicated and committed soldier. He was an officer par excellence and a thorough gentleman and that was the reason, he was loved by the troops under his command and equally well admired by his superior officers.

 

Kashmir Operation : 09 June 1996

 

During 1996, Maj Vikas’s unit was deployed in J & K area and was engaged in counterinsurgency operations. During a standoff with militants in the famous Charare-Sharif mosque in Kashmir, Maj Vikas along with his Company displayed exemplary courage and tactics and pounced on the militants hidden in the mosque. After this incident, the militants acknowledged him as a ‘Tiger’ of the Indian Army and placed his name on their ‘Hit List’. This was revealed in several messages flashed to the militant’s high command, intercepted by the armed forces.

 

On 09 June 1996, Maj Vikas was tasked with a search and destroy mission after getting specific intelligence reports about the presence of militants in the area of responsibility of his unit. Maj Vikas swung into action along with his troops and set out to implement his daredevil action plan. However, Maj Vikas got injured in the fierce gun-battle and later succumbed to his injuries. Maj Vikas Yadav attained martyrdom while leading from the front like a true military leader without fearing for his life. He was born brave and quite capable of leading his men by example with tremendous dedication and zeal. He was always fearless and the first at any scene of action like a true soldier.

 

Maj Vikas Yadav was posthumously awarded “Sena Medal” for his gallantry, unyielding fighting spirit and supreme sacrifice during ‘Operation Rakshak’. He is survived by his father Shri Maha Singh Yadav, mother Smt Shakuntla Yadav, wife Smt Lata Yadav, daughter Apoorva Yadav, and son Amay Yadav.

  • The formerly known Jharsa road in sector 15 Gurgaon has been named as Shaheed Maj Vikas Yadav Marg in his honour.
  • The Government Girls Senior Secondary School at Kosli in Rewari District of Haryana has been named as ‘Shaheed Major Vikas Yadav Government Girls Senior Secondary School’, in his honour.

Apoorva Yadav, Daughter of Major Vikas Yadav, paid tribute to her father on his “Day of Martyrdom” on 09 Jun 2018…..

 

29th Mar and 9th June which happen to be the days that my father was born and the day he attained martyrdom have special significance for our family. We also strive to keep his name alive in the society by ensuring that these days are remembered not just within the family but with society at large (mostly through charity events).

 

There is not a day that goes by when we don’t think of him. It is as if he is around us, looking after us in his own way. My grandmother still fondly narrates tales from his childhood about how brave he was even as a little child. It is amazing to see the pride with which my grandparents talk about him despite losing their son at such a young age. My mother shows immense courage while talking to my brother and me about his commitment towards the family and his duty towards the nation. My brother and I have very faint memories of him, but we thrive on the collection of his pictures and numerous stories we get to listen from the family, his friends and the fellow officers from the unit.

 

Although the pain of losing him as a son, husband, and father still remains in the family, it gives us immense pride to be a family of a martyr. It is an inexplicable feeling when we hear his course mates and fellow officers’ talk so fondly of him. He was revered and loved by all. He always led from the front and put his men before anything. When he got posted to Kashmir, he was injured and was recuperating at home, but he didn’t want to stay back and wanted to be with his comrades at the earliest. So, before he could fully recover, he was off to his assignment which happened to be his last.

 

But we know, he was a fighter and he would not have had it any other way. Even though he is long gone now, we still live by his memories and feel him around us. He has been and continues to be an inspiration for many. His memories are etched in our hearts forever which even time cannot erase. Extremely proud and blessed to be his daughter.

 

Apoorva Yadav

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38 Comments
  • RUPAK KUMAR

    2017at9:45 pm Reply

    Salute

  • Ankit Tiwari

    2018at9:13 am Reply

    Sir this is our country’s bad luck that despite paying tribute to real hero’s who sacrifice their life for our country ,they remember anniversaries of actors and other fake elements.Thank u sir for protecting us and jai hind .

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    2018at4:23 pm Reply

    Honourpoint salutes you today on 22nd anniversary of your “Day of Martyrdom” and stands by your family with deep respect. Jai Hind

  • Capt NP Yadav

    2018at11:22 am Reply

    Yadavs are born fighters. Its said that Lord Krishna’s army consisted of valiant warriors from Yadava dynasty. Hence, courage was inherited by Vikas in his DNA. He was my distant cousin but our family is very close to his. We attended the same college but he was one year junior to me. I was commissioned 1 year earlier than him. We attended Junior Staff course together in Belgaum. Vikas had a dynamic personality and liked by his peers. I still recollect vivid memories when I was assigned by our family members to receive his body from Palam Airport, Delhi. It was a life shattering moment especially when we reached his home. His two kids were very young and perhaps did not know what was going on. I have seen both kids grooming into fine adults. I was overwhelmed after reading Apporva, his daughter’s tributes to her father on Father’s Day today. Martyrs never die. They will always remain alive in our memories. My salute to Maj Vikas as well as his courageous family members for facing life head on and emerging successful despite all odds. Jai Hind!

  • Moreshwar Pidadi

    2019at12:12 pm Reply

    We the people are honoured to have leaders like you sir. God give strength to the family who gave us a Great Leader like
    Major Vikas.

  • Ayush Yadav

    2021at8:30 pm Reply

    Rip sir. You are the one who is still inspiring us to serve our nation first.

  • HeeT Doshi

    2021at5:55 pm Reply

    We are lucky to have such brave fighters like you, Thank you for what you have contributed to our nation. Jai Hind.

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