Place of Birth: Darjeeling, WB
Last Rank : Lance Hav
Unit : 2/11 GR
Arm/ Regt : 11 Gorkha Rifles
Date of Martyrdom : 25 Mar 2016
Lance Hav Bhawan Tamang hailed from Lopchu village in Darjeeling city of West Bengal. He was recruited into 2/11 GR of 11 Gorkha Rifles Regiment, a Regiment known for its fearless soldiers and numerous battle exploits. Before being deployed in Ladakh region during 2016, Lance Hav Bhawan Tamang had served in various operational ares along with his unit and developed into a dedicated and battle hardened soldier.
Turtuk Sector Avalanche: 25th Mar 2016
During 2016, Lance Havildar Bhawan Tamang’s unit, 2/11 GR was deployed in Turtuk sector of Ladakh. As the area under the responsibility of 2/11 GR was very active and volatile the unit troops had to maintain a high state of alert at all times. The unit launched regular patrols to monitor the area for any suspicious activity. Lance Hav Bhawan Tamang and Rfn Sunil Rai were part of one such patrol on 25 Mar 2016. There was heavy snowfall in J & K area in Mar 2016, resulting in multiple avalanches in Jammu and Kashmir. As the patrol team was on its way through the treacherous terrain, battling very hostile weather, it got struck by a horrific avalanche.
The avalanche was very sudden and trapped the soldiers without giving them any reaction time. Lance Hav Bhawan Tamang and Rfn Sunil Rai got buried under tons of snow and could not be reached immediately. A massive rescue operation was launched by the Army using special implements but the inclement weather made the task very difficult. After struggling for a few hours, Lance Hav Bhawan Tamang was retrieved from under the snow by the rescue team. He was evacuated to the nearest medical facility, but could not be revived by the medical team and succumbed to his injuries. However, the body of Rfn Sunil Rai could be recovered only on the next day. Lance Hav Bhawan Tamang was a valiant and committed soldier who laid down his life in the service of the nation.
Lance Hav Bhawan Tamang is survived by his parents, wife and a daughter.
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