Lieutenant-General (retd) Raj Mohan Vohra, war hero of 1971, winner of the Maha Vir Chakra Prize, Dies Of COVID-19


On Sunday, the cremation of Lieutenant-General (ret’d) Raj Mohan Vohra took place.

New Delhi:

Lieutenant-General (retd) Raj Mohan Vohra, who was a 1971 war hero and Maha Vir Chakra Prize winner, died of COVID-19, senior officials said on Tuesday. He was 88 years old.

The decorated officer took his last breath on June 14, they said. “He was initially admitted to a private hospital for a stent procedure. He died on June 14 due to COVID-19 infection,” said a senior official.

His cremation took place on Sunday, officials said.

Then a lieutenant-colonel, Lieutenant-General (ret’d) Vohra commanded the elite Hodson’s Horse in the Shakargarh sector during the Indo-Pak War of 1971 and received the Maha Vir Chakra for his remarkable bravery and leadership.

During the Battle of Basantar, the regiment received heavy enemy fire and faced enormous resistance, but 27 enemy tanks were destroyed under his command, officials said.

The Maha Vir Chakra (MVC) is the second highest gallantry prize in the country. It is awarded for remarkable acts of bravery in the presence of enemies, whether on land, at sea or in the air.

Lieutenant-General (ret’d) Vohra had received the coveted award in 1972.

During his long and illustrious career, he has held many prestigious positions, including the GOC-in-C Eastern Command and the GOC 31 Armored Division, said the official.

Born in 1932 in Shimla, the veteran officer came from the pioneer career of the National Defense Academy and was commissioned on 14 Horse in December 1952, they said.

A former student of the Wellington Defense Service College, the officer fought in the Punjab sector during the 1965 Indo-Pakistan War, officials said.

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