Retd Major General Basant Kumar Mahapatra Passes Away

Bhubaneswar: Retired Major General Basant Kumar Mahapatra breathed his last today at his residence in the State Capital here. He was 88.

Mahapatra was commissioned into armoured corps (Tanks) of the Indian Army as a Combat Officer. He served the Indian Army for four decades.

During his career, the veteran Army officer held many key posts. He had taken part in four wars including 1961 Goa Liberation, 1962 Indo-China war, 1965 fierce Patton Tank battle in Khemkaran of Punjab against Pakistan and 1971 India-Pakistan war.

Mahapatra was conferred with the most prestigious Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM). Following his superannuation from Defence services, he was managing the reputed educational institutions including Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Centre for Communication and Management (BCCM), Bhubaneswar, four DAV Public Schools in Cuttack and Tangi.

Besides, Major General BK Mahapatra was the President of India’s nominee in Executive Council of Allahabad University (Central University) and visiting Professor in University of Lucknow, University of Allahabad and Banaras Hindu University.

Mahapatra was also the Vice President of Think Tank Foundation, Odisha, Chief Advisor to Swabhiman, an organisation for Divyangs.