Gogoi on this day in the year 1999 attained martyrdom while fighting bravely against the Pakistani soldiers in the hostile terrain of Kargil.
Sonowal took to his official Twitter handle to pay his homage to the brave son of the soil.
‘Braveheart Captain Jintu Gogoi’s valour and ultimate sacrifice for the nation are our pride and inspiration.
Heartfelt tributes to a hero of the Kargil War on his day of martyrdom. Jai Hind’
Captain Jintu Gogoi was born in Khumtai town in Golaghat district of Assam.
He was commissioned into 17 Garhwal of the Garhwal Rifles, one of the most decorated regiments of Indian Army.
During 1999, his unit was deployed in J&K area and when the Kargil war broke out, he was recalled from leave to join his unit just 12 days after his engagement.
On the night of June 29 in that year, Capt Gogoi and his troops were given a mission to clear the enemy from Kala Pathar in the Jubar heights, a ridge-line overlooking Jubar top, astride the National Highway connecting Srinagar and Leh.
This area was near the line of control in the Batalik region.
Capt Gagoi took charge of the mission and set course towards the objective that entailed an arduous climb.
Capt Gogoi led his troops to the top of the ridge, however, they were spotted by the enemy and were surrounded from all directions.
On being asked to surrender Capt Gogoi living up to the motto of his Regiment , “Yudhaya Krit Nischya(Fight With Determination)”, charged at the enemy troops with the his Regimental war cry , “Badri Vishal Lal Ki Jai (Victory to the Sons of Lord Badri Nath)”.
Capt Gogoi in a daring action killed two enemy soldiers but also got injured during the exchange of fire.
He received a full burst from a machine gun in his solar plexus but he continued firing till he collapsed.
He later succumbed to injuries and his body was found barely 150 yards from the picket on Jubar Top.
Capt Jintu Gogoi was given the gallantry award, Vir Chakra posthumously on August 15, 1999 for his bravery in utter disregard for his own safety.