Place of birth : Pithoragarh, U'Khand
Service : Army
Last Rank : Naik
Arm/Regt : The Mechanized Infantry
Operation : CI & IS Ops
Martyrdom : December 23, 2022
Naik Ravinder Thapa hailed from Dharchula in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. He had an elder brother Lokendra Thapa and younger brother Dashrath Thapa as his siblings. Following into the steps of his elder brother, who joined the Army, he too wanted to serve in the Armed Forces and eventually joined the Indian Army after completing his school education. He was recruited into the 26 Mech Inf battalion of the Mechanized Infantry, an infantry Regiment well known for its gallant soldiers and various battle honours. After serving for sometime, he got married to Ms Kamla Devi and they had a son Piyush and daughter Ishika.
Army Convoy Accident (Sikkim): 23 Dec 2022
During Dec 2022, Nk Ravinder Thapa's unit 26 Mech Inf battalion, was deployed in Sikkim near the Indo-China border. The AOR(Area of Responsibility) of the unit spanned over remote rugged mountainous terrain with extreme weather conditions, especially in the winter season. The troops were deployed on various forward posts and often undertook patrol to monitor the area in between the manned posts. Also, heavy snowfall often blocked the roads and hampered the movement of troops which necessitated frequent clearance operations. The mountainous roads in the AOR of the unit were narrow and had steep gradients posing serious challenges to the quick movement of troops. Nk Ravinder Thapa and his comrades were tasked for an operation on 23 Dec 2022 and had to move by road to the operational area.
As planned the three-vehicle convoy set off in the morning of 23 Dec from Chatten to reach Thangu. Besides 26 Mech Inf, the soldiers travelling in the convoy belonged to various other units which included, 285 Med Regt, 221 Fd Regt, 25 Grenadiers, 8 Raj Rif, 113 Engr Regt and 1871 Fd Regt. As the vehicle carrying Nk Ravinder Thapa and 19 other soldiers was on its way, it skidded down a steep slope at Zema in North Sikkim while negotiating a sharp turn. As the vehicle fell into a deep gorge, it got mangled beyond recognition due to the severe impact. As a result, all 20 soldiers got severely injured. The Army quickly launched the rescue operation and the injured soldiers were transferred to a field hospital, However Nk Ravinder Thapa and fifteen other soldiers succumbed to their injuries and were martyred.
Besides Nk Ravinder Thapa, the other martyred soldiers included Nb Sub Omkar Singh (285 Med Regt), Nb Sub Chandan Kumar Mishra (285 Med Regt), L/Hav Gopinath Makur (26 Mech Inf), Sep Sukha Ram (26 Mech Inf), Hav Charan Singh (26 Mech Inf), Nk Vaisakh S (221 Fd Regt), Nk Pramod Kumar Singh(221 Fd Regt), L/Nk Bhupendra Singh (25 Grenadiers), Nk Shyam Singh Yadav (25 Grenadiers), Nk Lokesh Kumar (25 Grenadiers), Gdr Vikash (25 Grenadiers), Sub Guman Singh (8 Raj Rif), L/Hav Arvind Kumar (8 Raj Rif), L/Nk Somvir Singh (113 Engr Regt), and L/Nk Manoj Kumar(1871 Fd Regt). Nk Ravinder Thapa was a gallant and committed soldier who laid down his life in the line of his duty.
Naik Ravinder Thapa is survived by his wife Smt Kamla Devi, son Piyush, daughter Ishika.