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Lance Naik Albert Ekka, PVC: The martyr who silenced two Pakistani guns in 1971 India-Pakistan war - His story

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New Delhi: Lance Naik Albert Ekka made the supreme sacrifice on December 3, 1971, during Operation Cactus Lily in the 1971 India-Pakistan war, also referred to as the war for the liberation of Bangladesh. Despite being seriously injured, Lance Naik Albert Ekka silenced two enemy guns that were causing major casualties to the Indian troops in Gangasagar. In doing so, he laid down his life and was posthumously awarded the highest wartime gallantry award of India - the Param Vir Chakra.

Who was Albert Ekka?

Ekka, the son of Mariam and Julius Ekka was born on December 27, 1942 in village Zari of (now) Gumla District in the present-day Jharkhand. He was initially enrolled in BIHAR Regiment of the Indian Army but later moved to the newly raised 32nd Guards Battalion in January 1968 along with his 'C' Company of 7 BIHAR which was allotted to the newly raised Guards Battalion. In April 1971, the 32nd Guards Battalion was re-designated as 14th Battalion of The Brigade of Guards.

According to the details in government records, Lance Naik Albert Ekka was in the left forward company of a Battalion of the Brigade of Guards during the attack on Pakistani troops at Gangasagar on the eastern front.

Albert Ekka, the hero of 1971 India Pakistan war

According to his Param Vir Chakra (PVC) citation, the assaulting troops, to which Ekka belonged charged on to the objective but were locked in a bitter hand-to-hand combat. "Lance Naik Albert Ekka noticed an enemy Light Machine Gun inflicting heavy casualties on his company... With complete disregard to his personal safety, he charged the enemy bunker, bayonetted two enemy soldiers and cilenced the Light Machine Gun," the citation reads.

Though seriously injured in the operation, Ekka continued to fight along with his peers in the Indian Army and went on to hurl grenade in a bunker and later, despite being seriously wounded bayonetted the enemy to silence yet another Medium Machine Gun.

"Albert Ekka displayed the most conspicuous valor, determination and made the supreme sacrifice in the best traditions of the Army," says the PVC citation. A statue of late Lance naik Albert Ekka, PVC has been installed in his memory in Ranchi Town and the Albert Ekka Memorial is popularly known as Albert Ekka Chowk.

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