Check out Second Lt. Arun Khetarpal biography, birthday, family, wiki and some lesser known facts about his contribution to Indian victory in Indo-Pakistan war (1971)
- Name- Second Lt. Arun Khetarpal
- Known for- Recipient of Param Vir Chakra (Posthumously Awarded)
- Contribution- Fought bravely in Battle of Basantar during Indo-Pakistan war of 1971
- Unit- 17 Poona Horse
- Rank- Second Lieutenant
- Important dates
- Birth- 14th October, 1950
- Death- 16th December, 1971
- Important places
- Place of Birth- Pune, Maharashtra
- Place of Death- Bara Pind, Shankargarh, Rajasthan
- Schooling- The Lawrence School, Sanawar
- National Defense Academy (1967)
- Father- Brigadier M L Khetarpal
- Mother- Smt. Maheshwari Khetarpal
- Siblings- Mukesh Khetarpal (Brother)
Lesser known facts
- Arun Khetarpal had a long lineage of men fighting in wars for their country. His great grandfather fought the British in 1848 and was part of Sikh Army. His grandfather fought in the 1st World war. His father Brigadier Khetarpal was part of Indian Army too.
- Arun was good at sports and academics. He was an exceptional swimmer and loved plaing saxophone. He was part of Sanawar School’s band.
- After completing his schooling, Arun Khetarpal appeared for NDA exam and cleared it. He joined the academy in 1967 and 3 years later went to IMA (Indian Military Academy) to complete the final phase of his training.
- He was commissioned into 17 Poona Horse regiment in June 1971 and didn’t complete six months when 1971 war was declared.
- In 1971, during the Battle of Basantar, Pakistani forces attacked Indian Army at Jarpal with US made Patton Tanks. Responding to the situation, the Poona Horse regiment fought bravely and decimated the attack.
- In a counter attack with two squadrons, the Pakistani Army had an edge over Indians in terms of numbers. Arun Khetarpal fought alongside Lt. Col. Hanut Singh and destroyed several tanks but the enemy kept coming.
- In the battle that ensued, Khetarpal with his two remaining tanks, destroyed 10 enemy tanks before he was killed. His superiors ordered him to abandon his tank “Famagusta” which had caught fire by now. But, the soldier refused saying the main gun is still functional. He destroyed another tank before laying down his life.
- The parade ground at NDA was renamed to Khetarpal Ground.
- An auditorium and the main gate at IMA have also been rechristened on his name.
- Arun Khetarpal’s tank “Famagusta” was restored and has been put on display at Armour School, Ahmdegarh.
- His alma mater, Sanawar school named their stadium after their most famous student.