July 26, India celebrated Kargil Vijay Diwas, the day when India won over the Pakistani intruders and regained the possession over Kargil. Both the sides saw a major loss of lives of immense number of unsung heroes. But, some of them survived, lived beyond the limelight, just survived to further serve the country. One such hero is Kambampati Nachiketa, Flying Lieutenant at the Indian Air Force during the Kargil war in 1999.
While flying MiG 27 during the war on May 27, Nachiketa got ousted on the enemy’s ground as the engine of his jet “flamed out” and went dead in mid-air. After being brutally beaten up by the Pakistani Soldier, he was then captivated by them and was thrown into a prison in Rawalpindi for 8 days before being handed over to Indian authorities at the Wagah border.
“I underwent severe mental and physical torture there for three-four days. On the seventh day, they decided to hand me over to the Red Cross and I finally came to my motherland through Islamabad with the help of the Indian Embassy,” Nachiketa had said in a report
After his return he was not able to fly the fighter jet again due to his spinal injury caused in the war, but his spirit never died. With an undying spirit, today this proud soldier is an Indian Air Force Pilot.
Share on Facebook