Param Vir Chakra recipient Capt Bana Singh joins Bharat Jodo Yatra


Param Vir Chakra recipient Captain Bana Singh (retd) joined Congress leader Rahul Gandhi as the Bharat Jodo Yatra entered Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Friday. Referring to Captain Singh as the “Param Vir Chakra recipient who hoisted the Tricolour on Siachen’s icy heights”, Gandhi took to Twitter to post a picture of himself walking beside the war veteran.

Captain Singh responded to the gesture by thanking him, before signing off with “Jai Hind”. The 3,570-km foot march by the Congress will conclude in Srinagar on 30 January. With Gandhi at the helm, the yatra began in Kanyakumari on 8 September last year. Trained at the High-Altitude Warfare School in Gulmarg, he was posted in Siachen in April of that year.

Captain Bana Singh served in the 8th Jammu & Kashmir Light Infantry (JAK LI) and played a central role in ‘Operation Rajiv’ — Indian armed forces’ recapture of ‘Quaid Post’, a critical height in Siachen, from Pakistani soldiers in June 1987. For his bravery and courage during the operation, Singh was awarded the Param Vir Chakra, India’s highest wartime gallantry medal. Moreover, the recaptured post was renamed ‘Bana Top’ in his honour.

Singh made headlines last June with a tweet criticising the central government’s Agnipath scheme for army recruitment. While the tweet was deleted within 48 hours, Singh had told ThePrint then, “There should’ve been more debate before bringing in the Agnipath.”…