Service No : I C -17621P

Date of Birth : May 25, 1947

Place of birth : Lucknow, U P

Service : Army

Last Rank : Lieutenant Colonel

Unit : 4/5 GF (FF)

Arm/Regt : 5 Gorkha Rifles

Awards : MVC

Martyrdom : October 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 BawaLt Col Inderbal Singh did his schooling at 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 the 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 strongly 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 the 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, Smt Lily Bawa and son Col Tejinder Bawa, who is carrying on with the family tradition of serving in the Army.

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  • P. Chopra

    2022at1:18 pm Reply

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


  • atul

    2022at1:22 pm Reply

    God bless this great and valiant soldier

  • Aryeh

    2022at1:23 pm Reply

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

  • Asit Arora

    2022at1:23 pm Reply

    In reply to Maj Habi Jang Gurung(retd.).
    Jai Hind

  • Maj Habi Jang Gurung(retd.)

    2022at1:25 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!

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