Rifleman Jas Bahadur Thapa hailed from Chatikot village of Dailekh district in Nepal and was born on 01st Jul 1930. Rifleman Jas Bahadur Thapa joined the army and was recruited into the 2/3 GR battalion of 3 Gorkha Rifles Regiment, a Regiment known for its gallant soldiers and numerous battle honours. Rfn Jas Bahadur Thapa after completing his training served in various operational areas and also took part in the World War II. However he proved his mettle as a brave soldier in the Indo-Pak war of 1947-48.
Indo–Pak War : 27/28 June 1948
During 1948, Rfn Jas Bahadur Thapa’s unit was deployed in J & K and was in the thick of operations against the Pakistani forces. As part of ongoing operations, on 27 June 1948, 2/3 GR was tasked to capture Pir Kanthi feature to thwart the enemy's advance in that area, under the leadership of Major Kaptan Singh Rana. The attack was launched in the night of 27/28 June 1948, and Rfn Jas Bahadur Thapa was made part of the team that was assigned the task. During the attack on the Pir Kanthi feature, Rfn Jas Bahadur Thapa was in the forward section of a leading platoon. However the advance of the platoon was held up by three enemy LMG posts. Rfn Jas Bahadur Thapa sensing the criticality of the situation decided to neutralize the LMG post.
Without caring for his safety, Rfn Jas Bahadur Thapa crawled forward to one of the posts with the intention of neutralizing it by grenades. As he crawled forward, he came under heavy shower of enemy grenades and was seriously wounded. Not caring for his life, he continued crawling forward and completed his mission by throwing two grenades into the enemy LMG post and silencing it. However he soon succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. But his heroic action enabled the rest of his platoon to move forward and capture the objective. Rfn Jas Bahadur Thapa showed outstanding courage and grit with utter disregard to his personal safety and laid down his life at the age of 18 years in the line of his duty. Rfn Jas Bahadur Thapa was given the gallantry award, “Vir Chakra” for his commendable bravery, devotion to duty and supreme sacrifice.