Devotion to Duty
Captain Pratap Singh

Captain Pratap Singh of the Artillery Regiment was part of the Indian forces that defended Bana outpost against Pakistani forces in the summer of 1988.

The Enemy had already made several attempts to capture Bana and on 9th May an enemy commando group, made a determined attack equipped with ropes and ladders. Though the attack was driven back, enemy ropes and ladders remained in place. They had to be removed to ensure the safety of the outpost.

On 18th may Captain Singh accompanied by a jawan descended the wall, to remove the ropes and ladders. At the bottom he found a huge cache of ammunition and grenades. As he was examining his find a grenade suddenly exploded, wounding him in the arms and chest. But the captain completed his mission entrusted to him. He cut the ropes and dislodged the ladder system. Only then did he return to his post where he soon succumbed to his wounds.

The Captain was posthumously honoured with the Mahavir Chakra for his devotion to duty and courage.