Service No : 3188443
Place of Birth : Nagaur, Rajasthan
Last Rank : Sepoy
Unit : 4 Jat
Arm/Regt: The Jat Regiment
Operation : Op Vijay
Date of Martyrdom : Jun 09, 1999
Sep Mula Ram Bidiasar hailed from Kathoti village in Jayal tehsil of Nagaur district in Rajasthan. Son of Shri Raghunath Ram and Smt Rameshwari Devi, Sep Mula Ram joined the Army after completing his school education. He was recruited into 4 Jat Bn of the Jat Regiment, an infantry regiment well known for its brave soldiers and various battle honours.
Op Vijay: May-June 1999
During 1999, Sep Mula Ram’s unit 4 Jat battalion was deployed in the Kargil sector of J&K. In the early part of May 1999, unusual movements were noticed in the Batalik-Yaldor sector and consequently, Indian Army units had commenced aggressive patrolling of the area in their AOR (Area of Responsibility). Similarly in the first two weeks of May 1999, several patrols were conducted in the Kaksar Langpa area of Kargil district, to check for the presence of intruders and also see if the snow had retreated enough for the summer positions to be re-occupied. On 15 May 1999, Sep Mula Ram along with Sep Arjun Ram Baswana, Sep Bhika Ram, Sep Naresh Singh Sinsinwar, and Sep Bhanwar Lal Bagaria were tasked to undertake a patrol to Bajrang Post in Kaksar sector under the leadership of Capt Saurabh Kalia.
After a continuous crossfire with Pakistan forces from across the LOC, Sep Mula Ram and his comrades ran out of ammunition. They reported this matter to the base camp and called for reinforcements. However before the troops could arrive, they were surrounded by a platoon of Pakistani rangers and captured alive. As the patrol did not return, another patrol was sent by the unit subsequently under the leadership of Capt Amit Bhardwaj. This event led to the discovery of hundreds of guerrillas, who had established fortified positions on the peaks of the hills deep inside the Indian side of the Line of control, with sophisticated equipment and supply lines back to Pakistan-controlled Kashmir.
Sep Mula Ram and his comrades including Capt Saurabh Kalia were held in captivity from 15 May 1999 – 7 June 1999 for about twenty-two days and subjected to torture as was evident from injuries to their bodies when they were handed over by the Pakistani Army on 9 June 1999. Post-mortem examinations revealed that the Pakistanis had tortured their prisoners very badly in gross violation of international conventions. The post-mortem also confirmed that the injuries were inflicted antemortem (before death). Sep Mula Ram was a valiant and determined soldier, who laid down his life in the line of duty.
Sep Mula Ram Bidasar is survived by his father Shri Raghunath Ram, mother Smt Rameshwari Devi and two brothers.
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