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Hero of Longewala battle in 1971 India-Pakistan Bhairon Singh Rathore, 81, dies at AIIMS Jodhpur

A few days ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also called Rathore. The PM had told him that the nation is indebted to him for his contribution in the 1971 war and is praying for his speedy recovery.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Jodhpur: Bhairon Singh Rathore, the hero of the India-Pakistan war, dies in Jodhpur at AIIMS hospital. Bhairon Singh retired from BSF in 1987 and was admitted to the hospital due to health issues. Rathore is a 1971 war veteran who was posted at Longewala during that time and showed extraordinary bravery. Bhairon Singh was awarded the Sena Medal. Condoling his death, the BSF said, “BSF salutes his courage and devotion to duty. The Prahari family stands by his family in this difficult time.”

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Apart from the Sena Medal in 1972, Rathore was also awarded several other military honors and civilian awards. Union Home Minister Amit Shah had met Rathore in Jaisalmer in December last year when he had visited the border town for the BSF’s Raising Day celebrations.

A few days ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also called Rathore. The PM had told him that the nation is indebted to him for his contribution in the 1971 war and is praying for his speedy recovery.

Sunil Shetty played the role of Bhairon Singh Rathore in the film Border, released in the year 1997. Bhairon Singh (Shetty) was martyred in the film but the real BSF jawan and his legacy of courage, valor and bravery lives on. Suniel Shetty also condoled his death saying, “Rest in Power Naik Bhairon Singh ji. Heartfelt condolences to the family.”

Rathore was posted at the Longewala post in the Thar Desert, commanding a small BSF unit with a company from the Army’s 23 Punjab Regiment. It was the bravery of these men that repulsed an invading Pakistani Brigade and Tank Regiment at this place on 5th December, 1971.

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For his gallant action, he received the Sena Medal in 1972. Posted with the 14th BSF Battalion during the war, Bhairon Singh Rathore retired from service in 1987.

According to BSF records about the 1971 battle at Longewala Post, “When one of the 23 Punjab boys was killed, Lance Naik Bhairon Singh took up his light machine gun and inflicted heavy casualties on the advancing enemy.”

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