East of Lahore where BRBL Canal intersects GT Road stands tall the Batapur Monument
A tribute to Battle of Batapur and shuhada of 3 Baloch
“In this battlefield lies the blood of many unknown heroes belonging to different units”
3 Baloch, 3 Jat and a last ditch stand by 16 Punjab

A Heroic Dash by 3 Jat

At 0400 hrs on 6 Sep leading elements of Indian 54 Infantry Brigade crossed Lahore border
Later in the day attrition by Pakistan artillery and air would halt the brigade in area Gosal – Dial, just a km into the border
It would deter but one unit 3 Jat

Lt Col Hayde, CO of 3 Jat accepted the task to attack Dograi, a village just west of GT Road Bridge on BRBL Canal
He issued his orders to O Group at 0730 hours
The attack was supported by C Squadron of 14 Scinde Horse
Soon they will face a predicament at Lakhanke

The Tree OP of Lakhanke

Both 3 Jat and 14 Horse faced accurate artillery fire
2/Lt Birjendra Singh of 14 Horse following the ‘drill in the book’ started engaging all speculative targets including the minaret of Lakhanke mosque
Tank ammo was expanded without any luck on OP hit

Our valiant artillery observer was 2nd Lieutenant Altaf Hussain Gill, who in a daring bit had moved forward of the BRBL Canal improvising a tall tree as Artillery OP
Maj Yadav, company commander of 3 Jat spotted the op, stalked it and our brave lieutenant was killed in action

3 Jat formed up and easily captured lightly held Dograi
At 1115 hrs on 6 Sep east bank of BRBL Canal at was secured by 3 Jat
Here accounts of 3 Jat mention that the bridge was already partially destroyed so tanks stayed on home bank whereas troops of 3 Jat crossed the bridge

3 Baloch Fights Back

Pakistani narrative has a different story to tell
The bridge at GT Road on BRBL was not prepared for demolition and was lightly held by a platoon of A Company of 3 Baloch
That morning of 6 Sep CO 3 Baloch Col Tajammul found the bridge crowded with people

These were refugees rushing from their villages that now comprised the battleground
CO sited two 106 mm Recoilless Rifles well in time who took on the leading tanks of 14 Horse who approached and fired from across the canal
This prevented any further adventure by Indian armour

Maj Gen Tajammul Hussain Malik (CO 3 Balcoh in 1965)

3 Jat claims crossing the canal between 1130 -1330 Hours
By then the bridge was held by A Company of 3 Baloch, a Squadron of 33 Cavalry and a Company of 11 FF
With such opposition in place, the bridge crossover by 3 Jat seems far fetched

Where 3 Baloch celebrates the defence of Batapur Bridge, 3 Jats merits the true credit of a heroic dash and capture of Dograi village when their brigade was pinned down 3.5 kms on their back
What a waste it was to withdraw 3 Jat more than three kilometers back at Gosal-Dial

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