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Kargil Vijay Diwas 2023: Remembering Captain Keishing Clifford Nongrum’s supreme sacrifice

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Shillong, July 26: On Kargil Diwas, we remember and honour the brave soul of Captain Keishing Clifford Nongrum. His unwavering courage and selflessness in the face of adversity serve as a reminder of the sacrifices made by our armed forces to protect our nation’s sovereignty. The Hub News team pay tribute to his indomitable spirit and the countless heroes who fought valiantly during the Kargil War, ensuring that their sacrifices are never forgotten.

On the night of June 30, 1999, Lt Nongrum’s unit was given the task of capturing Point 4812 in the Batalik sector. He was supposed to climb the mountain and attack the enemy at the top of the vertical cliff at Kargil. When he reached the top, his column faced a fierce attack that continued for nearly two hours. Without thinking about his safety, Nongrum charged at the enemy.

His grenades killed at least six enemy soldiers holed up in the bunkers, but while throwing them, Lt Nongrum was hit by several bullets.

Despite being severely injured, Lt Nongrum continued to fight hand-to-hand with the Pakistani soldiers as he tried to snatch the machine gun in the remaining bunker. In a supreme sacrifice, he chose to fight till his last breath and refused to be rescued. He kept fighting valiantly till he finally succumbed to his injuries on the battlefield.

On August 15, 1999, Lt. Keishing Clifford Nongrum was posthumously awarded the Nation’s second highest wartime gallantry award, the Maha Vir Chakra.

Captain Keishing Clifford Nongrum

Captain Keishing Clifford Nongrum was born on March 7, 1975, in Shillong, Meghalaya. His father, Keishing Peter, worked at the State Bank of India, while his mother, Baily Nongrum, was a homemaker.

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He graduated in political science, and his passion for the Armed Forces led him to join the 64th SSC course at the Officer Training Academy in 1996. After completing the training, he was commissioned into the 12th Battalion of the JAK Light Infantry. Lieutenant Keishing Clifford Nongrum was just 24 when the Kargil war began. In the war, his battalion (12 JAK Light Infantry) was posted at the Batalik Sector.

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