Service No: I C -17621P

Date of Birth : May 25, 1947

Birth Place : Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

Service: Army

Last Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Unit: 4/5 Gorkha Rifles

Arm/Regt :5 Gorkha Rifles

Award : MVC

Date of Martyrdom : Oct 13, 1987

Lt Col Inderbal Singh Bawa, MVC

Lieutenant Colonel Inderbal Singh Bawa was born on 25 May 1947 in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. Son of Dr. HS Bawa, Lt Col Inderbal Singh did his schooling from DAV Higher Secondary School, Shimla. He was commissioned into 4/5 Gorkha Rifles on 11 June 1967, and played an active role in the 1971 war between India and Pakistan, where he was the source of sustained inspiration to his men. Lt Col Bawa was also described as an able leader and a fine officer by his fellow soldiers.

 

Op Pawan : 13 Oct 1987 

 

After the induction of Indian forces in Aug 1987, as part of Indo-Sri Lanka accord, the militants were supposed to surrender but the dreaded LTTE backed out and unleashed war on Indian forces. Initially only 54 division of the Army was inducted but the escalation of the operations brought three more divisions 3, 4 and 57 into the conflict. By Oct 1987, Indian forces had undertaken numerous operations against LTTE but the war was far from over. Lt Col lnderbal Singh Bawa landed with his battalion at Palai in October 1987, and immediately went into battle. The battalion was entrusted with the task of clearing the axis of Vasavilan, Urumpirai and Jaffna Fort, which were well defended militant strongholds. The militants desperately contested the advance from strong fortified positions. Lt Col Bawa personally led his troops in the operations, inflicting heavy casualties on the militants.

 

Thereafter, the Gurkha Rifles was assigned the task to extricate 12 Sikh Light Infantry and 10 Para Commando teams at Kondavil, in the North East area. Lt Col Bawa led his battalion through heavily fortified territory, and successfully extricated them on 13 October 1987. During this operation , a militant suicide squad sprayed him with a hail of bullets and Lt Col Bawa was martyred fighting gallantly in the line of his duty. Lt Col Inderbal Singh Bawa was given the nation’s second highest gallantry award, “Maha Vir Chakra”  for his exceptional courage, unfaltering leadership and supreme sacrifice.

 

Lt Col Bawa is survived by his wife, Lily Bawa and one son Col Tejinder Bawa, who is carrying on with the family tradition of serving in the Army.

The citation for the Maha Vir Chakra awarded to Lt Col Bawa reads:

 

Deployed in Sri Lanka as part of the operation of the Indian Peace Keeping Force, Lieutenant Colonel lnder Bal Singh Bawa landed with his battalion at Palai on 11 October, 1987, and went immediately into battle with the task of clearing the Axis Vasavilan-Urgmpurai-Jaffna Fort. The militants desperately contested the advance from strong fortified positions. The officer contained, bypassed and reduced each position, inflicting heavy casualties on the militants. He personally led his command and was a sustained inspiration to his men.

 

The battalion was again detailed to extricate 13 Sikh Light Infantry and 10 Para Commando teams from the Kondavil North East area. Lieutenant Colonel Bawa again led his battalion through heavily fortified territory, linked up with the above force , and successfully extricated them on 13 October 1987. In this effort, a militant suicide squad sprayed him with a hail of bullets and he died fighting gallantly.

 

Lieutenant Colonel lnder Bal Singh Bawa displayed conspicuous bravery and vital leadership in the face of frenzied militants.

  • The memorial of Lt Col Inderbal Singh Bawa has been erected at Rajpur Road Dehrdaun and the road leading to the memorial too has been named after him.
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5 Comments
  • Maj Habi Jang Gurung(retd.)

    2017at1:05 pm Reply

    On the 30th martyrdom day of Col IBS Bawa, MVC, I pay my homage to the brave soul.
    I did so by laying floral tribute and lighting of candles in Dehradun at a small memorial erected n Jakhan ,Rjapur road, The lateral road connecting Rajpur and Canal road is named as INDER BAWA road,May।
    I fondly remember him as my company commander in LAC area of Naugam in 1977-78..
    He was GOD fearing and very kind hearted soul with empathy for his troops.
    May his brave soul rest in eternal peace.
    Jai Gorakh!

    • Asit Arora

      2019at9:31 pm

      Jai Hind

  • Aryeh

    2019at9:35 pm Reply

    Very brave . People would be very proud of him. I am. Jai Hind. Aryeh

  • atul

    2021at5:46 am Reply

    God bless this great and valiant soldier

  • P. Chopra

    2021at6:55 pm Reply

    God bless this brave soldier and the legacy he left behind.
    Jai Hind

    Promodh

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