Place of Birth : Golaghat dist (Assam)
Last Rank : Havaldar
Unit : 3/9 GR
Arm/Regt : 9 Gorkha Rifles
Date of Martyrdom : 20 Oct 2019
Hav Padam Bahadur Shreshtha hailed from Dighali village in Golaghat district of Assam. Son of Shri Dhan Bahadur and Smt Dilkumari Devi, Hav Padam Bahadur joined the army after completing his school education. He was recruited into 3/9 GR Bn of the 9 Gorkha Rifles Regiment, an infantry regiment with a long history of gallantry and battle honours. By the year 2019, Hav Padam Bahadur had put in over two decades of service and had developed into a dedicated and battle-hardened soldier.
LOC Firing (Tangdhar Sector): 20 Oct 2019
During 2019, Hav Padam Bahadur’s unit 3/9 GR was deployed along the LOC in the Kupwara district of J&K. The LOC invariably remained highly active and volatile with ceasefire violations occurring very often and without any warning. Pakistan continued to violate the 2003 ceasefire agreement with India despite repeated calls for restraint and adherence to the pact during flag meetings between the two sides. In another case of ceasefire violation, Pakistani troops opened unprovoked fire in Tangdhar sector along the LOC on 20 Oct 2019.
Pakistan Army troops initiated unprovoked firing on Indian posts from across the border in Tangdhar sector. During that period, Hav Padam Bahadur’s unit, 3/9 GR was manning the forward posts along the Line of Control in the Tangdhar sector. The Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire and resorted to heavy cross border shelling of various Indian Army posts and civilian areas. Indian army responded in a befitting manner to the Pakistani aggression and consequently, a heavy exchange of fire ensued thereafter, which continued intermittently for several hours. However, during this cross border shelling, Hav Padam Bahadur got severely injured and was shifted to the nearby field hospital. However, he later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred.
Hav Padam Bahadur Shreshtha was a brave and committed soldier who laid down his life in the line of his duty. He is survived by his father Shri Dhan Bahadur, mother Smt Dilkumari Devi, wife, son and two daughters.
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