Service No : 2793043X
Date of Birth : June 7, 1977
Place of birth : Solapur, Maharashtra
Service : Army
Last Rank : Havaldar
Unit : 5 Maratha LI
Arm/Regt : The Maratha Light Infantry
Operation : CI & IS Ops
Martyrdom : June 19, 2010
Hav Choudhari Hambirrao Bapurao hailed from the Solapur district of Maharashtra and was born on 07 June 1977. Son of Shri Bapurao Yashu Choudhari and Smt Sitabai Choudhari, he had only one elder brother Santosh Choudhari as his sibling. After completing his school education he joined the Indian army on 4th Jan 1996 at the age of 19 years. He was recruited into the 5 Maratha LI battalion of the Maratha Light Infantry Regiment, an infantry Regiment well known for its fearless soldiers.
After serving for a few years, he got married to Ms Rani and the couple had a daughter Pallavi and son Saurav. By the year-2010, Hav Choudhari HB had put in around 14 years of service and had served in various operational areas with very challenging conditions.
Poonch Operation: 19 Jun 2010
During Jun 2010, Hav Choudhari‘s unit 5 MLI was deployed in the Mendhar sector of Poonch district in J&K. The unit troops were engaged in operations against the terrorists on a regular basis as the unit's area of responsibility (AOR) was active with militancy. The LOC located near its AOR remained highly active and volatile with ceasefire violations occurring very often and without any warning. The area was also prone to infiltration, which necessitated regular armed patrols to check any infiltration from across the border. Following inputs from the intelligence sources about the presence of some terrorists, the unit troops of 5 MLI launched a search operation in the Mendhar sector of Poonch dist on 19 Jun 2010. Hav Choudhari HB was part of the team that launched the search and destroy operation.
Hav Choudhari HB and his comrades reached the suspected area and launched the cordon and search operation. The troops soon made contact with the terrorists, who fired at the troops on being challenged. A fierce gun battle followed thereafter with a heavy exchange of fire. As the cordon around the terrorists was tightened, they started firing indiscriminately in a desperate attempt. During the heavy cross-firing Hav Choudhari HB received gunshots and got seriously injured. He later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. Hav Choudhari HB was a valiant soldier, who laid down his life in the line of his duty following the highest traditions of the Indian army.
Hav Choudhari HB is survived by his father Shri Bapurao Yashu Choudhari, mother Smt Sitabai Bapurao Choudhari, wife Smt Rani Hambirrao Choudhari, daughter Pallavi Hambirrao Choudhari, son Saurav Hambirrao Choudhari and brother Hav Santosh Bapurao Choudhari, serving in BSF.