Marital Status: Married
Date of Death: 03/12/1971
Age: 28 Years
Some lesser known facts about Albert Ekka
- Lance Naik Albert Ekka was a soldier in the Indian Army who participated in the Battle of Gangasagar during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. He was awarded India’s highest gallantry award, the Param Vir Chakra, for the exemplary role played by the brave soldier. Battle of Gangasagar. Lance Naik Albert Ekka died on the night of 3 December 1971 from injuries he sustained in a gunfight with the enemy.
- Albert was born into a tribal family where hunting was practiced on a large scale, as a result of which Albert’s marksmanship increased manifold.
- Albert also knew how to use the bow and arrow skillfully.
- As a young player, Albert Ekka was a very good hockey player. He participated in several hockey tournaments, and it was during one such tournament that Albert was spotted by Major Bhagirath Soren, Subedar of the 7th Bihar Regiment.
- Soon after it came to the notice of Subedar Major Bhagirath Soren, Albert was admitted to the Bihar Regiment.
- Albert Ekka completed his training on 27 December 1962 and served for 6 long years as a sepoy in the Bihar Regiment before being transferred to the 14 Guards Regiment in 1968.
- Albert Ekka’s battalion was stationed in Tripura when hostilities broke out between India and Pakistan.
- The 14th Guards Battalion was ordered to attack and capture the Gangasagar Complex in East Pakistan, which included Gangasagar Railway Station, Mogra, Gol Gangal and Triangle.
- Albert Ekka was part of the Bravo Company which was led by Major OP Kohli as the Company Commander.
- Albert’s company was tasked with capturing the Gangasagar railway station. The only reason India decided to capture the Gangasagar complex, Agartala, the state capital of Tripura, was to eliminate any threat posed by the Pakistani army, which was only 6 kilometers away from the Gangasagar complex.
- On the night of 3 December 1971, the Bravo Company moved towards its objective of capturing the railway station. Advancing in the dark, the Pakistani army, which was well surrounded and heavily armed, opened fire on the advancing Indian soldiers.
- Lance Naik Albert Ekka swung into action; As he watched his comrades being pinned down, and heavy enemy casualties from light machine-gun fire.
- Lance Naik Albert Ekka crawled silently towards the enemy’s LMG bunker and neutralized the enemy with his bayonet inside the bunker. While deactivating the LMG, Albert was injured in the arm and neck and was bleeding profusely.
- Regardless of his wounds, lance hero Albert Ekka continued to lead the charge against the enemy and cleared the enemy’s defenses one by one.
- Moving north of the Gangasagar complex, Albert and his entire Bravo company were put down by enemy machine-gun fire.
- Knowing the danger of enemy fire to his fellow comrades, Albert Ekka decided to once again quell enemy machine-gun fire so that the rest of the company could advance and secure their objectives.
- Lance Naik Albert Ekka once again sneaked up to the base of the 2-storey high building, which had been turned into a post by the enemy. Arriving at the base of the building, Albert threw a grenade into the machine-gun nest. Of the two hand grenades, only one managed to neutralize the enemy.
- Albert, seeing the gravity of the situation, began scaling the wall of the building on his own and upon reaching the bunker on the second floor, Albert once again used his bayonet to neutralize the threat.
- During the second encounter with the enemy’s LMG, Albert Ekka was mortally wounded and lost much blood. While climbing down the stairs, Albert suffocated and took his last breath. In an interview his company commander said,
Seeing this whole scene filled my chest with pride. I was waiting for Ekka to come out of that building downstairs. I also saw a thin person coming down the stairs. I was watching him descend. Then suddenly Ekka’s body became loose and he fell on the ground.
- Lance Naik Albert Ekka was the sole recipient of the Param Vir Chakra for all operations conducted by the Indian Army in East Pakistan.
- Rachna Bisht Rawat writes in his book The Brave: Param Vir Chakra Stories,
Albert Ekka climbs a rusty old iron ladder leaning against the building and jumps through a window. He takes his rifle off his shoulder and with the gleaming blade of a bayonet charge at the soldier wielding the machine gun. Ghonap-nikal, Ghonap-nikal: He clearly remembers the instructions of the maestro. He has barely had four years of training and has always been a quiet but good student, taking lessons quietly. The time has come to test what was taught. Shouting with cold fury, Ekka charges the machine gun operator and as the operator turns around, pushes the bayonet deep into his stomach. Taking it out with all his might, he raises his rifle and thrusts the blade back into the man’s chest. again. and then.”
- Lance Naik Albert Ekka was an introvert. He was very shy and found it very difficult to get along with his fellow soldiers.
- Lance Naik Albert Ekka wore a very loose uniform, due to which he was scolded several times by his superiors. His company commander OP Kohli recalls,
Albert was completely indifferent to his personal appearance or his uniform. Whatever size of uniform was issued to him, he wore it regardless of getting it fitted by a tailor. The result was that his clothes hung over his slender frame and the anger of his company commander, who was a little adamant on Smart Turnout, was aroused. I would often pull on his belt that hangs around his waist and ask him to smarten up his appearance. I used to get annoyed at him at times because he laid great emphasis on smart voting.
- Lance Naik Albert Ekka had great command and control over his men, recalls then company commander OP Kholi,
His command and control was particularly good as he was very reserved and did not mingle with others or speak much. His face was always blank and he only spoke on the basis of need to know. No one could tell by his face whether he was happy or sad, and what he was thinking. ,