Check out Lance Naik Albert Ekka biography, birthday, family, wiki and some lesser known facts about his contribution to Indian victory in Indo-Pakistan war (1971)
- Name- Lance Naik Albert Ekka
- Known for- Recipient of Param Vir Chakra (Posthumously Awarded)
- Contribution- Fought bravely in Battle of Hilli during Indo-Pakistan war of 1971
- Unit- 14 Gaurds
- Rank- Lance Naik
- Important dates
- Birth- 27th December, 1942
- Death- 3rd December, 1971
- Important places
- Place of Birth- Jari Village, Gumla, Jharkhand
- Place of Death- Gangasagar, Bangladesh
- Education- NA
- Father- NA
- Mother- NA
- Wife- Balamdine Ekka
- Son- Vincent Ekka
- Daughter-in-Law- Rajni Ekka
Lesser known facts
- Albert Ekka and his battalion, the Brigade of Guards, were tasked to destroy enemy defenses at Gangasagar, Bangladesh during the 1971 war. This was an extremely fortified enemy position and Indian side expected heavy casualties.
- While moving forward during the assault, Albert Ekka and his company faced heavy shelling. Ekka noticed a LMG (Light Machine Gun) inflicting major casualties and without caring for his personal safety he charged into enemy bunker and stabbed two soldiers with bayonet before taking down the LMG.
- Despite being hurt, Ekka moved forward with the offensive and got engrossed in another hand to hand battle. This time, he tried to take out an MMG (Medium Machine Gun) by launching a grenade attack into the enemy bunker. The grenade killed a soldier but MMG kept firing. Albert Ekka in his final moments, bayoneted the soldier firing the MMG and saved several Indian lives.
- On the occasion of 50th Republic day in 2000, the government of India issued a postal stamp in the honor of this son of Jharkhand.
- A major intersection in Jharkhand’s capitol Ranchi was named as “Albert Ekka Chowk” to remember this brave Indian soldier forever.
- Ekka’s wife visited the graveyard after 45 years of her husband’s death where his body was buried.
- Albert Ekka was also conferred with “Friends of Liberation War” honor by Bangladesh for his exceptional contribution and sacrifice in the 1971 war as an outsider.
- A block in the Gumla district has been renamed after Ekka. His own son works as a clerk here.
- According to some newspaper reports, Ekka’s family has been living in condition of extreme poverty and pleaded the government for some help.