Service No : 20001568A
Date of Birth : June 19, 1991
Place of birth : Mandi, HP
Service : Army
Last Rank : Sepoy
Arm/Regt : The Dogra Regiment
Operation : CI & IS Ops
Martyrdom : June 4, 2015
Sepoy Vikas Bhardwaj was hailed from village Mandi in Himachal Pradesh. Son of an army veteran Rakesh Chand Bhardwaj and Smt Meera Devi, he was seeing his father in Armed Forces and it was his desire right from childhood, that he too would join the Army. Vikas did his initial schooling at Baijnath. Despite his father’s reluctance, Vikas insisted on joining Army and kept pestering his mother to get permission from his father for the same. Eventually, his father agreed and Vikas appeared for the exams for the same. He was selected in the first attempt itself and joined Army in 2011. Sep Vikas Bhardwaj was recruited into the 6 Dogra of the Dogra Regiment, an infantry regiment known for its gallant soldiers and numerous battle honours.
Manipur Attack: 04 June 2015
During 2015, Sep Vikas Bhardwaj’s unit was deployed in Manipur in the northeastern part of the country. There had been militant activity in the border region of Manipur in the early part of the year 2015. In response to this, 1,463-km of an un-fenced border between Manipur and Myanmar had been sealed and the Army and paramilitary forces had launched a major counter-offensive against the militants. On the 4th of June, the 6 Dogra infantry was heading to the capital of Manipur, Imphal in a 4-vehicle convoy. While they were crossing the Chandel district, on the way, they were ambushed by militants. The tribal guerrillas fired rocket-propelled grenades and detonated improvised explosive devices on the convoy, causing extensive damage.
The attack by militants on the convoy was planned by a joint group comprising of cadres from NSCN(K), Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL) and Kanglapak Communist Party (KCP). The well-trained militants had planned the ambush beforehand and they triggered a landmine when the military convoy reached the area between Paralong village and Charong village in Chandel district. They also attacked the convoy with heavy automatic weapons, firing from vantage points and fired rockets and grenades. Most of the convoy, consisting of about 4 vehicles with 50 soldiers, was severely damaged and many soldiers were burnt to death on account of the blast. The few survivors were shot to death by the militants.
The incident was reported to be one of the deadliest attacks by militants in the area. Hav Sunil Kumar Sharma was one of the 18 brave soldiers who lost their lives in this horrendous attack. Besides Sep Vikas Bhardwaj the other soldiers included Nb Sub Ram Singh (from Samba), Hav. Sat Pal Bhasin (from Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir), Hav Prakash Chand (from Mandi, Himachal Pradesh), Hav. Rajesh Kumar (from Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh), Hav Prakash Chand (Mandi HP), Hav. Randeep Singh (from Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir), Nk Ashok Kumar (from Sirmour, Himachal Pradesh), L Nk Rajneesh Singh (from Kangra, Himachal Pradesh), Sep Ram Prasad Yadav (from Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh), L Nk Kuldeep Raj (from Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir), Sep Manoj Kumar (from Mandi, Himachal Pradesh), Sep Vijay Kumar (from Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir), Sep Sohan Singh (from Sirmour, Himachal Pradesh), Cfn Bharateshwar (from Belgaum, Karnataka), Sep Jeetendra Kumar Kushwaha (from Rewa, Madhya Pradesh), Hav Jagveer Singh (from Gautam Buddha Nagar, Uttar Pradesh) and Sep Manjit Singh (from Pathankot, Punjab).
Sep Vikas Bhardwaj was a valiant and dedicated soldier who laid down his life in the service of the nation.
Sepoy Vikas Bhardwaj is survived by his father Shri Rakesh Chand Bhardwaj (army retd) and mother Smt Smt Meera Devi.