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Col. Ashok Chaudhary, Vr.C. ( Roll No. 1232 | Chambal | 1977 - 83 ) has received approval to be promoted to the rank of Brigadier. He is one of the three Sainwinians to be decorated with Vir Chakra besides Brig. B S Gill (236|Chambal) and Lt. Col. Ratnesh Chaturvedi (457|Satpura|Posthumously). He made his alma mater proud by displaying courage and leadership in the face of the enemy in Siachin Glacier in 1988 and valiantly defended the Indian territory.

The citation read out at the investiture ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan read:

"Second Lieutenant Ashok Chaudhary took over as Post Commander of a key post in Bilafondla Complex of Siachen Glacier on 15 May 1988. Six days before he took over (9 May to be precise), the enemy had made a last attempt to re-take the post by fixing a four-ropes-and-ladder system on the ice wall. The attack was successfully beaten back.

The ropes-and-ladder system, however, remained in position, making it possible for the enemy to re-use them. On 18 May 1988, despite inclement weather, it was decided to descend the forward ice wall and cut the fixed ropes. Second Lieuetant Chaudhary, with Rifleman Kunwar Singh, rappelled down the steep ice wall 400 feet below, and swiftly located the ropes on the face of the ice wall hanging by the belaying rope. He cut one rope with his knife. The weather was lifting rapidly, and the team was about to be exposed to enemy observation on the forward slope. Despite the expousure to fire, the officer moved on the second rope and cut it. Thus Second Lieutenant Chaudhary greatly minimised the possibility of a surprise attack by the enemy."

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