Birth Place : Pakur, Jharkhand
Last Rank : Havaldar
Unit : 21 Bihar
Arm/Regt : The Bihar Regiment
Date of Martyrdom : Apr 07, 2017
Havildar Prabhu Shayu Kirke hailed from Semna village in Bindhani post of Ranchi district in Jharkhand. He belonged to 21 Bihar of the Bihar Regiment, an infantry regiment well known for its gallant soldiers.
Avalanche in Batalik Sector: 07th April 2017
During 2017, Hav Kirke’s unit 21 Bihar was deployed in the Batalik sector of Ladakh region of Jammu & Kashmir. During the first week, of Apr 2017, a western disturbance over J & K triggered heavy rainfall and snow for over three days. This caused swelling of rivers and inundation of vast areas in J&K. The heavy snowfall also triggered multiple avalanches in J&K and one such avalanche struck the Batalik sector on 7th Apr 2017. The soldiers of 21 Bihar were manning the forward posts in the sector on that day. The horrific avalanche in Batalik sector hit one such army post and trapped five soldiers of 21 Bihar battalion. Hav Kirke was one of the five soldiers who got trapped under tons of snow.
The army pressed in the specialized avalanche rescue teams and equipment that continued the rescue operation despite hostile weather conditions. The team worked throughout the night in inhospitable weather and 15 feet snow and managed to rescue two soldiers. However, Hav Prabhu Kirke, L/Nk Bihari Marandi, and Sep Lakra could not be saved. Hav Kirke was a committed and brave soldier who laid down his life in the service of the nation, following the highest traditions of the Indian Army.
Hav Prabhu Shayu Kirke is survived by his wife Sucheta Kirke
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