Service No: 4296728L
Date of Birth: 15 Mar 1998
Place of Birth : Bhojpur, (Bihar)
Last Rank: Sepoy
Unit: 16 Bihar
Arm/Regt: The Bihar Regiment
Operation: CI & IS Ops
Date of Martyrdom : 15 Jun 2020
Sep Chandan Kumar hailed from Gyanpura village in Jagdishpur tehsil of Bhojpur district in Bihar. Son of Shri Hridyanand Singh and Smt Dharma Devi, he was born on 15th March 1998. Youngest among eight siblings he had four sisters and three elder brothers. Since his younger days, Sep Chandan Kumar also wanted to join the Army like his three brothers and eventually, he did that after completing his school education. He joined the Army in the year 2017 at the age of 19 years. He was recruited into 16 Bihar of the Bihar Regiment, an infantry Regiment well known for its dauntless soldiers and numerous battle exploits.
Operation Snow Leopard: 15 June 2020
During June 2020, Sep Chandan Kumar’s unit was deployed in eastern Ladakh close to the Line of Actual Control(LAC) as part of Operation Snow Leopard. Since early June the tension along the LAC was building up due to construction work in Galwan valley close to the road going from Leh to Daulat Beg Oldie. The Chinese had a serious objection to the construction of a bridge across the Galwan river into the Aksai Chin area. The area held strategic importance to India as well as China as it dominated the road from Leh to Daulat Beg Oldie an airstrip of great military significance to India. There had been many rounds of talks between senior military officials from both sides to diffuse the tensions. On 15 June 2020 night, hectic Chinese activities were noticed across the bridge in Galwan valley and the Indian Army decided to take up the matter with Chinese forces to ask them to respect the LAC and adhere to the position as agreed earlier during the talks.
Considering the gravity of the situation, Col Santosh Babu the Commanding Officer of 16 Bihar battalion deployed in the area decided to lead the negotiations. However, an altercation during the discussion raised the tempers leading to a scuffle. Soon the scuffle turned into a violent clash with the Chinese soldiers attacking Col Santosh Babu and his men with deadly clubs and rods. The Indian soldiers were greatly outnumbered and the Chinese soldiers seemed to be prepared for the attack. As the clashes escalated, Sep Chandan Kumar and other soldiers from the battalion too joined the beleaguered Indian troops to take on the Chinese soldiers. The clashes went on for many hours during which many Indian soldiers including Sep Chandan Kumar got seriously injured. Sep Chandan Kumar, the CO, Col Santosh Babu, and 18 other soldiers later succumbed to their injuries and were martyred. The other brave hearts included Nk Deepak Kumar, Nb Sub Nanduram Soren, Naib Subedar Mandeep Singh, Nb Sub Satnam Singh, Hav K Palani, Hav Bipul Roy, Hav Sunil Kumar, Sep Ganesh Hansda, Sep Ganesh Ram, Sep CK Pradhan, Sep Gurbinder Singh, Sep Aman Kumar, Sep Kundan Kumar, Sep Rajesh Orang, Sep KK Ojha, Sep Jai Kishore Singh, Sep Gurtej Singh, and Sep Ankush. Sep Chandan Kumar was a valiant and dedicated soldier who laid down his life at the age of 22 years in the line of his duty. Sep Chandan Kumar was given the gallantry award, “Sena Medal” on 26 Jan 2021 for his exceptional courage, devotion to duty, and supreme sacrifice.
Sep Chandan Kumar is survived by his father Shri Hridyanand Singh, mother Smt Dharma Devi, four sisters, and three brothers
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