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Chandigarh: Panjab University dedicates shooting range to Kargil war hero Captain Vikram Batra

Captain Batra had died fighting Pakistani forces during the Kargil war in 1999 at the age of 24.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, Chandigarh [ Updated: July 07, 2018 23:44 IST ]
Kargil War hero Captain Vikram Batra.
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Kargil War hero Captain Vikram Batra.

The Panjab University (PU) on Saturday dedicated its state-of-the-art indoor shooting range to Kargil War hero Captain Vikram Batra, an alumnus of the varsity. 
 
Captain Batra had died fighting Pakistani forces during the Kargil war in 1999 at the age of 24. He was awarded the highest wartime gallantry award Param Vir Chakra posthumously. 
 
Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal unveiled the plaque of Captain Batra at the shooting range in the university, an official release said in Chandigarh.
 
Referring to the sacrifice of Captain Batra, Badal said many people come and go in this world but some people come but never leave, they become immortal. 
 
He urged youth to take the pledge for fighting against drug addiction, bribery, poverty, and unemployment. 
 
Earlier, PU Vice Chancellor Arun Grover said it is a great honour for the university to name the shooting range as 'Captain Vikram Batra, PVC Shooting Range'. 
 
The VC said Captain Batra was an alumnus of the university who stayed in the hostel number one in the PU campus while pursuing MA English in 1995-96 session after completing his BSc from DAV College, Chandigarh. 
 
Colonel Rajiv Kapoor, Commanding Officer of the 13 battalion of the Jammu and Kashmir Rifles, the Army unit in which Capt Batra had served, complemented the Punjab government and PU for the noble deed of naming the shooting range after the war hero. 
 
Captain Batra was one in a billion having three characteristics - passion for country, compassion for subordinates and common public, and bravery of the highest level, he said. 
 
The colonel shared the journey of Capt Batra from the "baby of the Battalion to a hero of the nation". 
 
"His bravery, sacrifice, charm, and infectious smile still nests all hearts," the colonel added. 
 
Vishal Batra, twin brother of Capt Batra, said he was a great inspiration for youngsters.

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