Service No: 9415981
Date of Birth : Jan 03, 1968
Place of Birth : Nagur, Rajasthan
Last Rank : Naik
Unit : 18 GR
Arm/Regt : The Grenadiers
Operation : Op Vijay (Kargil)
Date of Martyrdom : Jun 13, 1999
Naik Prabhu Ram Chotiya was born on 3rd January, 1968 at Indas in Nagur district of Rajasthan, in the family of Mrs. Gulabi Devi and Mr Dhana Ram Chotiya. His schooling took place in the Government school at Nagur. He excelled at school, securing first Division and winning awards throughout his academic career. Through hard work and will-power, Naik Prabhu Ram Chotiya was selected for the Indian Army in September 1987 through open military and was recruited in to 18 Grenadiers of the famed The Grenadiers regiment, a regiment known for its fearless soldiers and numerous battle honours. By 1999, Naik Prabhu Ram Chotiya had put in over twelve years of service in the Army and had served with his unit in various operational areas with challenging working conditions.
He was the part of op. Pawan from 2nd September 1989 to 21st of March 199, after Op. Pawan he was posted in north Sikkim and then cmfa Srinagar and from 23 March 1999, until his martyrdom on 13th June 1999 he was the part of Op. Vijay.
Kargil War : The Battle Of Tololing (June 1999)
Naik Prabhu Ram Chotiya played a significant role in capturing the Tololing top During Kargil war in 1999. Naik Prabhu Ram Chotiya and his men of the 18 Grenadiers were tasked with the recapture of point 4590 on the treacherous, icy slopes of Tololing in the Drass sector. He was part of a light machine gun commando team who was asked to recapture Pakistani bunkers along the mountain top of Tololing. As with so many of the later operations in Kargil, this too was a dangerous mission requiring an uphill accent towards entrenched enemy posts who had the advantage of height and a bird’s eye view.
On night 12/13 June 1999 ,Naik Prabhu Ram Chotiya was leading along with his team to capture Tololing Top in the Drass Sector. As they closed in with the objective, the enemy brought down heavy fire on them. The leading section of his platoon suffered three casualties and the attack was stalled temporarily. At this juncture Naik Prabhu Ram Chotiya got a burst of light machine gun fire. Unmindful of his injuries, he moved ahead with his men and continued to do so till he succumbed to his injuries at the base of the enemy position. During this assault Naik Prabhu Ram Chotiya received multiple bullet injuries and succumbed to his injuries. Naik Prabhu Ram Chotiya displayed exceptional bravery, conspicuous gallantry and dogged determination in the face of the enemy and made the supreme sacrifice in the highest traditions of the Indian Army for which he was awarded with special Seva Medal (Sri Lanka), Videsh Seva Medal, and Sena Medal for his services.
Naik Prabhu Ram Chotiya is survived by his parents, wife, Ruki Devi and his children, Manju Kumari, Dayal Ram and Nirma
The Government renamed the school situated in his village after Shahid Naik Prabhu Ram in the memory of the Martyr. Govt also provided land to built a memorial of the hero of the Nation
Naik Prabhu Ram Chotia was awarded with special Seva Medal (Sri Lanka), Videsh Seva Medal, and Sena Medal for his services in capture Tololing Top in the Drass Sector.
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