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GOCHHI - A Village of Bravehearts
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Gochhi is a village located in Beri Block of Jhajjar district in Haryana. Positioned in rural area of Jhajjar district of Haryana. As per constitution of India and Panchayati Raj Act, Gochhi village is administrated by Gram Panchayat. People of Gochhi are living in very peaceful manner. The people are from different castes and communities. Gochhi village has a very proud history. Gochhi is an ancient village having produced gallantry awarded defence personnel and martyrs. Agriculture is the main profession of residents of Gochhi. Gochhi village is still waiting for Mega development. Education, Drinking water, Road and Electricity are the main concern Gochhi village. There is no doubt that much improvement has been made in this respect in recent times but it is not enough.

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The villagers live in the midst of natural surroundings. As we rise early in the morning, we can listen to the sweet songs of birds. We can enjoy the beauty of the rising sun and the sweet breeze of the greenery of fields around, are the various pleasures that abound in the countryside. The villagers live a healthy, peaceful life. They breathe fresh air which promotes their health. They also get pure ghee and milk. Villagers of Gochhi, are deeply religious. They devote regular time to prayer and worship. The villagers are socially knit together. Their life is co-operative and interdependent. They share in the joys and sorrow of each other. They help each other in time of need. Social sense of Villager of Gochhi is so strong that the guest of one is considered as the guest of all.

Gochhi, a small village, prides itself not only for sending the highest number of officers into the armed forces, but for the rare distinction of producing two officers who were awarded the country’s second and third highest gallantry awards, Maha Vir Chakra (MVC) and Vir Chakra (VC), respectively, during the 1971 war.

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Memorial stone of World War Heroes of Gochhi village.

A community hall in Beri village in present day Jhajjar district has an old black marble stone, on which the names of men (from the then Tehsil of Rohtak district), who laid down their lives in the service of the nation, are engraved. The long list has the names of soldiers from villages, mostly around Beri, the sons of soil who went beyond the call of duty and hence honoured for their bravery during World War I and II. A close look at the list reveals that Gochhi village tops in the number of brave-hearts. Gochhi village, incidentally, has another unique distinction; it has the maximum number of families with a military background, some even going back five generations in defence services, mostly in Armoured Corps.

While Captain Devinder Singh Ahlawat was awarded MVC (posthumous) for his heroic act in the famous Dera Baba Nanak Battle, Second Lieutenant Avtar Singh Ahlawat, who retired as a colonel, was awarded the VC for his gallant action in the Battle of Basantar, which was also known as one of the largest tank battles of the subcontinent. Captain Devinder Singh Ahlawat of Dogra Regiment was leading a Dogra company during the attack on the Dera Baba Nanak bridgehead on the night of December 5, 1971. The enemy defences were based on a series of concrete embankments with anti-tank guns and heavy and light automatics.

The company led by Captain Ahlawat came under heavy medium-machine gunfire from a concrete pillbox. With complete disregard for his life, Captain Ahlawat charged the pillbox, grabbed the burning machine-gun barrel with his right hand, and threw a grenade into the pillbox and silenced the gun, thus making it possible to maintain the momentum of the attack and over-run the objective. Son of an Army Officer , Captain Ahlawat lost his life in the action. For India, it was important to defend Dera Baba Nanak town, which has huge religious as well as strategic importance. Similarly, Colonel Avtar Singh Ahlawat, then a Second Lieutenant in 17-Poona Horse, was ordered to reinforce his regimental pivot in the Shakargarh sector area as a troop commander. The bridgehead across the Basantar river had not been fully cleared of the enemy.

As his troops moved towards the assigned position, they were fired upon from enemy strong points. Ahlawat attacked the enemy’s strong points, overran the defence works with his tank, and captured the enemy infantry and weapon crew. He had barely got into position when the enemy launched a counter-attack with a squadron of armour to effect a breakthrough. A fierce tank battle ensued, and a number of enemy tanks were destroyed. Ahlawat had knocked out three enemy tanks when his own tank was hit, wounding his gunner. Taking over the gun control, he continued to fight from his tank. A direct hit put his tank out of action and he himself was wounded, but undeterred he continued to fight till the enemy attack was repulsed. He was awarded the VC for his gallantry act. He left the Army after reaching the rank of colonel.

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General view of Haveli of Prahlad Singh Ahlawat in Gochhi.
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General view of Haveli of Lahri Singh Ahlawat in Gochhi.

"Gochhi is also recognized as a soldier's village in Haryana, as there are 300 retired and serving soldiers in the village that has around 1,000 families"


Captain Balwan Singh Ahlawat, a military veteran settled in the village, told that out of around 300 soldiers from the village, 44 are commissioned officers, which is one of the highest in the country from any village. He added that two women from the village were working in the Army. One of them, Anju Ahlawat, is the first woman Army officer to reach the rank of Lt Colonel from the state of Haryana. The second woman officer is Chand Ahlawat.

He said Gochhi was perhaps the only village in the country that gave two bravehearts who were conferred PVC and VC for the 1971 war. Several others from the village were also deployed in different fronts during the 1971 war. Officers from the village are in the rank from Major General, Brigadiers, Colonels, Lt Colonels, Major and Captains in the country’s Army, Navy,Air Force. Captain Balwan Singh said despite having given the country so many soldiers, the village and the block where it is located, Beri, do not have any medical facilities. He said their demand to provide health facilities through ECHS facility in Beri has been pending for long. He, however, said the facility of a CSD canteen was provided at Beri with the help of Major General Sudhir Jakhar, a native of Gochhi.

Havelis of Gochhi



There used to be hundreds of havelis in Gochi village, but today they have been replaced by modern cemented houses. However, some havelis reminiscent of the old era are still standing in the village, among which Lahiri Singh Ahlawat ki Haveli, Bhagta ki Haveli, Prahlad Singh ki Haveli built between 1900 AD and 1920 AD are prominent. The most attractive is the three-storey Lahiri Singh ki Haveli, built in 1908 AD, which once had more than 50 doors and windows. The old chaupal existing in the middle of the village, which was once considered a symbol of justice and respect, where the people of the village used to take decisions by sitting together, today that chaupal is a victim of the indifference of the people, as if waiting for justice with itself.

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Panoromic 360 view of 1st World War Memorial.
Panoromic 360 view of Haveli of Lahri Singh Ahlawat.
Panoromic 360 view of Haveli of Prahlad Singh Ahlawat.
Panoromic 360 view of old Chopal of Gochhi.
Panoromic 360 view of Haveli of Bhagta Singh Ahlawat..
Panoromic 360 view of old Haveli of Gochhi village.