No Sir, I will not abandon my tank. My gun is still working and I will get these bastards.
Conceived on 14 October 1950, in Pune, Maharashtra, second Lt Arun Khetarpal originated from a family with a long connection of services in the Army. His great granddad had served in the Sikh armed force and battled against the British at the clash of Chalianwala in 1848. His granddad served in the British armed force amid the first world war and Arun’s dad, Brigardier M.L. Khetarpal, served in the Engineering corps till he resigned from administration.
His education was from prestigious Lawerence School, Sanawar. It was maybe here that the motto of the school ” Never Give in’ was embeded in him which he would take after later on to death. In Sanawar he excelled both in scholastic and games. He was a pro swimmer and played Saxophone in school’s band. Subsequent to finishing his starting instruction, Arun joined the National Defense Academy (NDA) in 1967 and after three years went ahead to Indian Military Academy to finish his last period of military preparing. He was authorized in the 17 Poona Horse on 13 June 1971. After six months, war was pronounced. He was still shy of doing his Young Officers Course.
Second Lieutenant Arun Khetarpal
POONA HORSE (IC-25067)
On 16 December 1971, the Squadron Commander of “B” Squadron, the Poona Horse requested support as the Pakistani Armor which was predominant in quality, counter assaulted at Jarpal, in the Shakargarh Sector. On listening to this transmission, Second Lieutenant Arun Khetarpal who was in “A” Squadron, willfully moved alongside his troop, to help the other squadron. In transit, while crossing the Basantar River, Second Lieutenant Arun Khetarpal and his troop experienced heavy enemy fire from strong solid posts and RCL weapon that were all the while waiting. Time was at a premium and as basic circumstance was growing in the “B” Squadron sector, Lieutenant Arun Khetarpal, tossed alert to the winds and began assaulting the looming adversary solid focuses by truly charging them, over coming the defence work with his tanks and catching the foe infantry and weapon group at gun point. In authority of his troop was killed. Second Lieutenant Arun Khetarpal kept on assaulting determinedly until all adversary restriction was overcome and he got through towards the “B” Squadron position, in the nick of time to see the foe tanks pulling back after their introductory testing assault on this squadron. He was so diverted by the wild excitement of fight and the stimulus that he began pursuing the withdrawing tanks and even figured out how to shoot and obliterate one. Before long, the adversary changed with a squadron of defensive layer for a brief moment assault and this time they chose the division held by Second Lieutenant Arun Khetarpal and two different tanks as the focuses for their attack. A furious tank battle guaranteed ten enemy tanks were hit and devastated of which Second Lieutenant Arun Khetarpal was seriously injured. He was requested that relinquish his tank however he understood that the foe however seriously decimated was keeping on propelling in his sector of responsibility and in the event that he surrendered his tank the adversary would get through, he bravery battled on and demolished another foe tank, At this stage his tank got a second hit which brought about the demise of this courageous officer.
Second Lieutenant Arun Khetarpal was dead however he had, by his courageous valor spared the day; the adversary was denied the achievement he was so urgently looking for. Not one enemy tank overcame.
Second Lieutenant Arun Khetarpal had demonstrated the best characteristics of administration, relentlessness of reason and the will to shut in with the adversary. This was a demonstration of valor and self-sacrifice far beyond the call of duty.