Service No : IC-52353P
Date of Birth : September 22, 1971
Place of birth : New Delhi
Service : Army
Last Rank : Major
Unit : 65 Engr Regt
Arm/Regt : The Corps of Engineers
Operation : Op Parakram
Awards : Shaurya Chakra
Martyrdom : June 25, 2001
Maj Deepak Rawat hailed from New Delhi and was born on 22nd Sep 1971. Son of Shri and Smt RS Rawat, he was inclined to sere in the Army since his younger days. Following his passion, he joined the Army and was commissioned into 65 Engineering Regiment of the Corps of Engineers, one of the oldest arms of the Indian army.
After serving for a few years he got married to Ms Anju and the couple was blessed with a daughter Lamha. Later, he was deputed to serve with to 3 RR battalion deployed in J&K for counter-insurgency operations. By 2001, he had put in over 7 years of service and had been promoted to the rank of Major.
Op Parakram : 25 Jun 2001
During 2001, Maj Deepak Rawat’s unit 3 RR was deployed in the Kashmir valley as part of Op Parakram. The AOR (Area of Responsibility) of the unit was very volatile, as a number of militants were active in the area. Consequently, the unit troops were engaged in operations against the militants on a regular basis. The area was also prone to infiltration, which necessitated regular armed patrols to check any infiltration from across the border. Based on the intelligence sources, an operation was planned on 25th Jun 2001 under the leadership of Maj Deepak Rawat in a village falling under the AOR of the unit.
Maj Deepak Rawat and his comrades reached the suspected area as planned and cordoned it off. Soon the troops made contact with the militants, who fired at them on being challenged. In the ensuing gun battle Maj Deepak Rawat received multiple gunshots and was seriously injured. He later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. Maj Deepak Rawat was a valiant soldier and gritty officer, who laid down his life at the age of 29 years in the service of the nation. Maj Deepak Rawat was given the gallantry award “Shaurya Chakra”, for his cold courage, valour, leadership and supreme sacrifice.
Maj Deepak Rawat is survived by his wife Smt Anju Rawat and daughter Lamha.