Amal Deka

Service No : 14653479 W

Service: Army

Last Rank: Havaldar

UNIT: 315 Field Artillery Regiment

Awards: Dag Hammarskjold Medal

Date of Martyrdom : Jun 22, 2015

Hav Amal Deka

Havaldar Amal Deka was a soldier in the Indian Army and belonged to the 315 Field Artillery Regiment. He was serving in the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNIDOF) and lost his life during a peacekeeping operation in June 2015.

 

UNIDOF:

 

Ever since the 1950s, there has been a very unstable situation between the states of Israel and Syria, characterized by frequent breakouts of conflict and war. Following the tragic Six-Day War of 1967, another war broke out years later in 1973. On October 6, 1973, in an effort to win back territory lost to Israel during the third Arab-Israeli war, Egyptian and Syrian forces launched a coordinated attack against Israel on the day of Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. Egyptian troops swept deep into the Sinai Peninsula, while Syria attempted to throw Israeli troops out of the Golan Heights. Israel counterattacked and recaptured the Golan Heights. A cease-fire went into effect on 25th October 1973 and on 31st May 1974, the Israeli and Syrian forces signed the ‘Agreement on Disengagement’. On the same day, as per the UNSC Resolution 350, the UNIDOF was established.

 

Ever since its formation, the UNIDOF has remained in the area, maintaining the ceasefire between Israel and Syria and have been supervising the implementation of the disengagement agreement.

 

Havaldar Amal Deka worked for this inspiring cause. In June 2015, Havaldar Amal Deka was killed in the region while serving under UNIDOF. For his ultimate sacrifice, he was chosen to be posthumously awarded the revered Dag Hammarskjold Medal by the UN on the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers (29th May).

 

On 29th May 2016, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin collected the medal on behalf of the fallen peacekeeper at a poignant ceremony in the UN General Assembly hall.

He was awarded the prestigious Dag Hammarskjold Medal by the United Nations. The medal is awarded posthumously to members of peacekeeping operations who lost their lives during service with a peacekeeping operation under the control and authority of the UN.

  • Under-Secretary-General for Field Support, Atul Khare had said the sacrifices of the brave men and women of peacekeeping “inspire us to serve with courage and dignity and to pursue continuous improvement and innovation in our work.”
  • “We owe this not just to our departed colleagues, but also to the millions of civilians that we have been entrusted to protect. We must continue to work together to enable complex operations to succeed with rapid, effective, efficient and responsible support,” he said.
  • U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commemorated the event by laying a wreath to honour all fallen peacekeepers. Later, he presided over a ceremony at which the medals were awarded posthumously to fallen peacekeepers. Permanent Representatives and Ambassadors to the U.N. collected the medals on behalf of the fallen peacekeepers from their countries.
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2 Comments
  • Chinar Nitinchandra Sheth

    2019at7:52 pm Reply

    People like him keep the name and flag of country high.

  • Renjith VR

    2021at6:05 pm Reply

    Mere words cannot express the pride we feel to have such brave souls guarding our Nation but even more pride we feel is when we see how their families supported them to do so. You have our respects for it is the strength in you that has protected this strong Nation and its sovereignty. You are as much as a brave soul as he was.

    He lives on through his dedication and spirit for the Nation. We salute him and you for protecting us all.

    Being in Navy for almost 20 + years, and being a part of this initiative, i am feeling my self rewarded to show my gratitude to the martyr. Jai Hind. Jai Bharat

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