Service No : 5761283K
Place of Birth : Gorkha dist (Nepal)
Last Rank : Rifleman
Unit : 33 RR
Date of Martyrdom : 01 Jan 2020
Rifleman Arjun Thapa Magar hailed from Rip village of Gorkha district in Nepal. After completing his school education, he joined the Indian army and served for few years with his parent unit. Later he was deputed to serve with 33 RR Bn deployed in the Kashmir valley for counter-insurgency operations. Rfn Arjun Thapa got married to Ms Sarita in June 2019.
Counter-Infiltration Operation (Naushera Sect): 31 Dec 2019
During Dec 2019, Rfn Arjun Thapa’s unit 33 RR Bn was deployed in Rajouri district in J&K. The AOR ( Area Of Responsibility) of the battalion was the hotbed of militant activity and the troops had to be on guard at all times. Consequently, the unit was engaged in operations against the militants on a regular basis. Based on the information that few terrorists were planning to infiltrate through Khari Thrayat forest in the Naushera sector, it was decided the unit decided to launch an operation on 31st Dec 2019 to foil that infiltration bid. The soldiers of 33 RR and 16 MLI were made part of the team that was tasked to undertake this operation. Rfn Arjun Thapa, from 33 RR and Nk Sawant Sandip Raghunath from 16 MLI were part of the team that launched the search & cordon operation in the night of 31st Dec 2019. As the operation was underway the troops soon made contact with the infiltrators who opened fire on being challenged.
A fierce gun battle followed thereafter with a heavy exchange of fire from both sides. Despite the darkness and the thick foliage in the forest, Rfn Arjun Thapa and his comrades were determined to foil the infiltration bid of the militants. However, during the exchange of fire Rfn Arjun Thapa and Nk Sawant received gunshots and were critically injured. They were shifted to the near by military medical facility but they later succumbed to their injuries and were martyred. Rfn Arjun Thapa was a dedicated and valiant soldier who laid down his life at the age of 25-years in the line of his duty. Rfn Arjun Thapa Magar is survived by his parents and wife Smt Sarita Thapa Magar.
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