War is violent, dangerous and, deadly. And those who cover the war on camera always put their lives on risk.
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Indian Army has honored Col Basu Deb Maitra and Lt Col Dipak Dass of photo division, directorate of public relations (DPR), who had filmed the Kargil war on camera, at Kargil War Memorial during Kargil Vijay Diwas celebration 2016 at Drass.
They were honoured by the Army chief Gen Dalbir Singh and Army commander of Northern Command Lt Gen D S Hooda.
Remembering the brave soldiers who laid down their lives for the mother nation, the officers paid floral tributes to martyrs at the memorial.
Later they presented few historic signature photographs of the war to Army commander Lt Gen D S Hooda and commanders of other formations at Drass.
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The photo division of DPR, MoD, was tasked for visual coverage of the Kargil Operations in 1999 and Lt Col Dass was first to reach Drass and Kargil before any media reach.
Lt Col Dass was also with Capt Vikram Batra and Capt Kenguruse during their last assault. A national photo awardee and personally praised by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, he has his photos published in national and international newspapers.
He nearly escaped death while climbing Tololing.
Col Maitra said, “We are very grateful to the Indian Army and specially to the Army Cdr Lt Gen D S Hooda who himself recognized our contributions after 17 years and invited us.”