16 DEC. 2017 CHANDIGARH (Pooja Goyal)
On the occasion of Vijay Divas on 16th Dec, a solemn ceremony was held at Chandimandir in the memory of 2Lt Arun Khetrapal, ParamVir Chakra,awardee. He laid down his life on this day in the Battle of Basantar during the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971.
A fierce tank fight was fought between the Poona Horse/Regiment of Indian Army and 13 Lancers of Pakistan Army on the banks of Basantar river.
2Lt Arun Khetarpal was severally wounded during the action and was asked to abandon his tank.He refused to do so and gallantly fought destroying several enemy tanks. At this stage his tank received a direct hit which resulted in the death of this gallant hero. 2Lt Arun Khetrapal was awarded highest gallantry decoration in the country the ParamVir Chakra by the Nation.
The ceremony was attended by a galaxy of people associated with 2Lt Arun Khetrapal including his brother Mr.Mukesh Khetrapal and his course mates from the three services as well as serving and veteran officers.
Lt Gen Surinder Singh, GOC-in-C Western Command laid the wreath to pay homage to the gallant martyr.