Service No : 5456852K
Place of Birth : Jalpaiguri dist (WB)
Last Rank: Naik
Unit : 3/5 GR
Arm/Regt : 5 Gorkha Rifles
Date of Martyrdom : 23 Aug 2019
Naik Rajib Thapa hailed from Mechpara village in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal. After completing his school education he joined the army and was recruited into 3/5 GR of the 5 Gorkha Rifles regiment, an infantry regiment well known for its valiant soldiers. During his service career, Nk Rajib Thapa served in various operational areas with challenging work environments. After serving for few years Naik Rajib Thapa got married to Ms Khusbu Mangear and the couple had a daughter Kabya.
Nowshera ceasefire violation: 23 Aug 2019
During 2019, Naik Rajib Thapa’s unit 3/5 GR was deployed in the Nowshera sector in Rajouri district of J&K. India shares a 3,323-km border with Pakistan, of which 221 km of the IB and 740 km of the LOC fall in Jammu and Kashmir. The LOC remained highly active and volatile with ceasefire violations occurring very often and without any warning. Pakistan continued to violate the 2003 ceasefire agreement with India despite repeated calls for restraint and adherence to the pact during flag meetings between the two sides. In another case of ceasefire violation, Pakistani troops opened unprovoked fire in Nowshera sector along the LoC on 23 Aug 2019. On that day Naik Rajib Thapa was deployed on one of the forward posts in Nowshera sector’s Kalsian village.
On 23rd Aug 2019 morning Pakistan Army troops initiated unprovoked firing on Indian posts from across the border in Nowshera sector. During that period, the Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire and resorted to heavy cross border shelling of various Indian Army posts and civilian areas. Indian army responded in a befitting manner to the Pakistani aggression and consequently, a heavy exchange of fire ensued thereafter, which continued intermittently for several hours. During the exchange of fire Naik Rajib Thapa got seriously injured. Naik Rajib Thapa was immediately evacuated to the military hospital for specialized treatment. However, Naik Rajib Thapa succumbed to his injuries and was martyred.
Naik Rajib Thapa was a valiant and committed soldier who laid down his life in the service of the nation. Naik Rajib Thapa is survived by his wife Smt Khusbu Mangar Thapa, daughter Kabya, parents and a sister.
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