On this day in 1997, Capt Manjinder S. Bhinder sacrificed his life trying to save 150 people trapped in Uphaar Cinema fire tragedy. Sadly and painfully the officer who had taken them abandoned and ran away- Rajesh Pattu who left them to burn and escaped alone.!!! They all had come to watch the film ‘Border’. Bhinder didn’t deter from duty even after realizing that his family was also engulfed in flames & couldn’t be saved.
An outstanding horseman he captained the NDA and IMA Equestrian and Polo teams. He was the only rider to participate in all disciplines (show jumping, eventing and tent-pegging) and won medals in these events.
Capt. Manjinder Singh Bhinder, the promising son of Capt. Vardeep Singh, unselfishly saved lives of 150 people at the Uphaar Cinema Delhi in 1997. He and his 4-year-old son Prabhsimran Singh and wife Jyot Saroop Kaur were also killed.
His father had to fight Ministry of Defence babus for the pension they were entitled to, who hung on to the technicality that Capt Bhinder had not been fighting enemies. He was fighting fire even while the Army had declared his death “attributable to military service”.
After 7 years of litigation, the Delhi High Court told the MoD that a soldier is on duty round the clock and ordered a special family pension.
Shame Shame !!! Rajesh Pattu. Who went on to get fake awards thanks to close proximity to the India Today group owners. Shame Shame!!!
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