The bravery of 1962 war-hero Rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat is set to be depicted on cinema screens, Amar Ujala has reported.
The movie, which will be released on 18 January, is directed by Avinash Dhyani and has been shot in different parts of Uttarakhand including Chakrata and Forest Research Institute in Dehradun.
Rawat, who was born in Baryun village in Pauri District of Uttarakhand, was martyred in the 1962 Sino-Indian war. He, along with his two fellow soldiers of the Fourth Battalion of Garhwal Rifles, fought valiantly to defend the Nuranang bridge in Arunachal Pradesh. As per the report, more than 300 Chinese troops were killed in the whole operation at Nuranang.
He was posthumously awarded Mahavir Chakra by the Indian government for the immense courage shown in the battlefield. His sacrifice was honoured by building a memorial at the post where he fought the Chinese army. The post was later named Jaswantgarh in his honour.
The fallen soldier has many legends associated with him. According to the local lore, Rawat, with the help of two local girls, continued fighting the Chinese, single-handedly, for 72 hours. At the end of the third day, Chinese captured one of the girls and killed the other but failed to capture Jaswant Singh, who then shot himself.
He is still considered to be part of the forces and he continues to receive promotions. Several other stories also surround the valiant soldier. Some believe that even after death, Rawat still continues to man the Indo-China border.
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