Place of Birth : Kolhapur (MH)
Last Rank : Havaldar
Arm/Regt : Maratha Light Infantry
Date of Martyrdom : 16 Dec 2019
Hav Chougule Jotiba Ganpati hailed from Mahagaon village of Kolhapur district in Maharashtra. Son of Shri Ganpati and Smt Vatsala, Hav Jotiba Ganpati had a younger brother named Rajnikant. After completing his school education he joined the Indian army in the year-2002 and was recruited into the Maratha Light Infantryt regiment. After serving for few years, Hav Jotiba Ganpati got married to Ms.Yashoda and the couple had two sons Atharv and Harsh. By the year-2019 Hav Jotiba Ganpati had put in about 17 years of service and had served in various operational areas with very challenging conditions.
Gurez Sector Cross Border Firing (Bandipore): 16 Dec 2019
During Dec 2019, Hav Jotiba Ganpati’s unit was deployed in Bandipore district of J&K along the LOC. The LOC in that sector was very volatile and active where the enemy forces often resorted to unprovoked firing. Besides manning various posts, the area was monitored and guarded by the security forces by employing armed patrols on a continuous basis. On 16 Dec 2019 Pakistani forces indulged in ceasefire violation and resorted to unprovoked firing. It was probably an attempt to provide cover fire to infiltrators sneaking from across the border. On that day, Hav Jotiba Ganpati and his comrades were manning the forward posts in the Gurez sector along the LOC. Indian army initiated a befitting reply resulting in a prolonged cross border exchange of fire.
However, during the exchange of fire, Hav Jotiba Ganpati got seriously injured. He later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. Hav Jotiba Ganpati was a valiant soldier who laid down his life in the line of his duty following the highest traditions of the Indian army. Hav Chougule Jotiba Ganpati is survived by his father Shri Ganpati, mother Smt Vatsala, wife Smt Yashoda, sons Atharv & Harsh and brother Rajnikant.
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