Our Person of the Week is Kargil Hero Yoginder Singh Yadav, who has been awarded the highest military honour in India, Param Veer Chakra. He was born on May 10, 1980 in Aurangabad Ahir village of Bulandshahr District, Uttar Pradesh. His father Karan Singh Yadav had served in the Kumaon Regiment in 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pakistan wars.
Yoginder Singh Yadav is enlisted with 18 grenadiers and he was part of the leading team of a Ghatak Platoon tasked to capture Tiger Hill on the night of 3rd of July 1999.
The approach to the top was steep, snowbound and rocky. Grenadier Yoginder Singh Yadav, unmindful of the danger involved, volunteered to lead and fix the rope for his team to climb up. On seeing the team, the enemy opened intense rocket and artillery fire killing the Commander and two of his colleagues and the platoon was stalled. Realising the gravity of the situation, Grenadier Yoginder Singh Yadav crawled up to the enemy position to silence it, and in the process he sustained multiple bullet injuries.
Despite multiple bullet injuries, he refused to be evacuated and continued the charge. Inspired by his gallant act, the platoon charged on the other positions with renewed punch and captured Tiger Hill Top.
Recently, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav met him, praised his valour and contribution in reclaiming of the Tiger Hills. Akhilesh Yadav announced that a 100-bed hospital would be set up in his village and the village would be made a smart village under the ‘i-sparsh’ scheme.
Uttar Hamara is proud of this brave son who displayed the most conspicuous courage, indomitable gallantry, grit and determination under adverse circumstances.