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Paramvir lance Naik Albert Ekka

Paramvir lance Naik Albert Ekka

 

PVC

 

  • The Param Veer Chakra (PVC) is India’s highest military decoration, awarded for displaying distinguished acts of valour during wartime.
  • Only 21 soldiers have received this award to
 EARLY LIFE

 

  • The Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 was a military confrontation between India and Pakistan that occurred during the liberation war in East Pakistan from 3 December 1971 to the fall of Dacca (Dhaka) on 16 December 1971.
  • Approximately 90,000 to 93,000 Pakistani servicemen were taken prisoner by the Indian Army
EARLY LIFE

 

  • The Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 was a military confrontation between India and Pakistan that occurred during the liberation war in East Pakistan from 3 December 1971 to the fall of Dacca (Dhaka) on 16 December 1971.
  • Approximately 90,000 to 93,000 Pakistani servicemen were taken prisoner by the Indian Army
PARAMVIR

 

  • Albert Ekka was born on 27 December 1942, in village Zari, Ranchi, Bihar. His parents were Julius Ekka and Mariam Ekka.
  • Ekka developed interest for the army, and was enrolled in the Bihar Regiment 27 December 1962. After the 14th Battalion of the Brigade of the Guards was raised in January 1968, Ekka was transferred to that unit.
  • During the preparations anticipation of Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, Ekka was promoted to lance naik.
PARAMVIR

 

  • On December 3, 1971, the young battalion was directed to capture the Pakistani stronghold of Gangasagar in erstwhile East Pakistan, which was just 6.5 kilometres west of Agartala, the capital of modern-day Tripura.
  • On the morning of December 3, 1971, two companies of the 14 Corps launched an assault on the Gangasagar railway station, while the other two undertook operations capturing other parts of this town
 PARAMVIR

 

  • During the battle, Lance Naik Albert noticed that a Pakistani light machine-gun was inflicting serious damage on the Indian forces.
  • He charged the enemy bunker, bayoneted two enemy soldiers and silenced the LMG. Though seriously wounded in this encounter, he continued to fight alongside his comrades through the miledeep objective, clearing bunker after bunker with undaunted courage
PARAMVIR

 

  • Towards the northern end of the objective, one enemy medium machine-gun (MMG) opened up from the second storey of a well-fortified building inflicting heavy casualties and holding up the attack. Once again, this gallant soldier, without a thought for his personal safety, despite his serious injury and the heavy volume of enemy fire, crawled forward till he reached the building and lobbed a grenade into the bunker killing one enemy soldier and injuring the other.
  • The MMG, however, continued to fire. With outstanding courage and determination, Lance Naik Albert Ekka scaled a side wall and entering the bunker, bayoneted the enemy soldier who was still firing and thus silenced the machine-gun, saving further casualties to his company and ensuring the success of the attack
PARAMVIR

 

  • Sadly, he would succumb to these injuries after his comrades in arms achieved their objective and took control of Gangasagar from the Pakistani forces.
  • Lance-Naik Albert Ekka was posthumously awarded India’s highest wartime gallantry award, the Param Vir Chakra.