Gorkha Rifles Nk. Damodar Thapa Becomes Martyr

Kashmir: Nk. Thapa Thapa of 3/1 Gorkha Rifles was killed in a fierce gun battle that raged at Leepa Valley near Line of Control in Tanghdar sector of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Wednesday.

Indian Gorkha Nk. Damodar Thapa Becomes Martyr

Official sources said that a group of 5-6 intruders sneaked in this side at Gageldari near Eagle Post some 8 days back. “The group of militants was hiding in the area since last week”.

They said that following the specific intelligence inputs about the presence of the group of intruders at Gageldari area, army’s 3/1 GR, 5/5 GR and 20 RR launched a massive operation to combat with the militants on Tuesday.

As such the joint team of forces intensified the combing operation in the area, the intruders sophisticated with the machine guns and motor guns opened heavy fire upon the forces, they said.

“During the heavy motor shelling, a soldier of 3/1 GR identified as Naik Damodar Thapa was injured critically”, sources said, adding that the injured was not immediately evacuated due to the intense shelling from the other side due to which the soldier succumbed to his injuries.

It was not immediately known whether the group of infiltrators returned back or they are still hiding in the area, sources said, adding that the joint team of forces along with the extra contingent of forces cordoned off the whole area and launched the hunt to track down the militant group.

Naik Damodar Thapa of 3/1 GORKHA RIFLES made the supreme sacrifice during Counter Infiltration Operations in the Tangdhar Sector (J&K) on 06 Aug 14.

The Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) and all ranks of the Indian Army salute Naik Damodar Thapa ,
3/1 GORKHA RIFLES who made the supreme sacrifice in Service of the Nation in the best traditions of the Indian Army and express heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family on this irreparable loss.

Source: Darjeeling Chronicle

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