The Defender of Poonch is no more. He passed away on 16 May, at Noida, UP. He leaves behind the legacy of a great battle that he led. Rarely in the annals of military history are successful defensive battles celebrated. Defence of Poonch is one such towering example where the 6th Battalion, SIKH Regiment was presented the colours for their valiant stand at Poonch. Late Maj Gen KL Rattan was the Commanding officer of the battalion.