In a mega gallantry show of army, India had gained control on Glacier region. The saga of sacrifice was written in army manoeuvre named 'Operation Meghdoot' in 1984. Operation Meghdoot had been launched at Siachen which is  the one of the most highest battlegrounds in the world. Indian Army had shown exceptional courage and won the battle in very hostile climate.

The war-led by Lieutenant General Prem Nath Hoon, the then General Officer Commanding the 15 Corp in J& K was launched on April 13, 1984. Indian Army had planned manoeuvring to occupy the glacier within four days as intelligence agencies reported that the Pakistani planned to occupy the glacier by April 17. The military operation resulted in gaining control of the entire Siachen Glacier.

Indian Air Force had played key role in victory of Siachen. The IAF used Il-76, An-12 and An-32 to transport ammunitions. Mi-17, Mi-8 and HAL Chetak helicopters ferried personnel to the east of the hitherto unscaled peaks.

The first phase of the operation began in March 1984 with foot march to the eastern base of the glacier. A full battalion of the Kumaon Regiment and units from the Ladakh Scouts marched with full battle packs through an ice-bound Zoji La pass.

Aftermath of Operation Meghdoot, the Indian Army was deployed at forward positions known as the Actual Ground Position Line (AGPL).

JPN/Raju Kumar

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