Bhairon Singh Rathore, the hero of the Longewala outpost in the 1971 Indo-Pak war, died on Monday. He was admitted to Jodhpur AIIMS for the last several days. Recently, PM Narendra Modi also called him and enquired about his health. Bhairon Singh Rathore was originally a resident of Solankia Tala. Bhairon Singh Rathore, who served the country by staying in the BSF, was called the hero of the Longewala outpost located in Jaisalmer district of western Rajasthan on the Indo-Pakistan border.
Bhairon Singh Rathore had shown extraordinary courage in the 1971 war between India and Pakistan. The bravery shown by him at the Longewala outpost of Rajasthan was also displayed in the film ‘Border’. Sunil Shetty played his character in this film. Bhairon Singh Rathore was posted at longewala outpost in Thar desert, commanding a small contingent of BSF. He was accompanied by a company of the Army’s 23 Punjab Regiment. These soldiers demolished an invading Pakistani brigade and tank regiment at this place on December 5, 1971. Bhairon Singh Rathore, who was posted in the 14th BSF Battalion during the war, retired in 1987.
According to BSF records about the 1971 war at longewala outpost, “When one of the 23 soldiers of the Punjab Regiment was killed, Lance Naik Bhairon Singh Rathore picked up his light machine gun. After this, he attacked the enemy moving forward and caused them deep damage. “It was only his courage and do-or-die determination that led to victory that day and Lance Naik Bhairon Singh became a great inspiration to his other comrades at the outpost,” the official records said. “
Bhairon Singh Rathore received the Sena Medal in 1972 for his bravery. Rathore has also been honoured with several other military honours and civilian awards. In the film Border, his character was shown as a martyr, while in reality he was not martyred.
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