New Delhi: Kargil hero captain Vijayant Thapar sacrificed his life fighting the Pakistan-backed infiltrators. Captain Vijayant’s father Colonnel (retired) Vijendra Thapar climbed 16,000 feet to fulfil his last wish that to sit on the mountain rock where his son was martyred while fearlessly fighting against the Pakistani infiltrators.
The Kargil martyr was just 22 when he laid down his life for the country. Vijyant was from a family which had served Army for a long time. His great grandfather, his grandfather and his father all served the Army during their professional life. Vijyant carried on the legacy of the Thapar’s family.
Col VN Thapar, Vijyant’s father joined NDA in 1958 and was commissioned into the Maratha Light Infantry in Dec’ 62.He saw action at Nathula and also participated in Bangladesh operations. He commanded 14 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles. He retired finally after 37 years service in 1999 the same year Vijyant was commissioned.
Thapar, who was conferred captain’s rank posthumously, had his first posting with 2-Rajputana Rifles.