Service No: 4295670M
Place of Birth : Birbhum Dist(WB)
Last Rank: Sepoy
Unit: 16 Bihar
Arm/Regt: The Bihar Regiment
Operation: CI & IS Ops
Date of Martyrdom : 15 Jun 2020
Sep Rajesh Orang hailed from Belgoria village in Birbhum district of West Bengal. Son of Shri Subhas Orang and Smt Mamta Orang, Sep Rajesh was born in the year 1994 and came from a family of very modest means. His father was a marginal farmer in Belgoria village in the Mohammed Bazar police station area in the Birbhum district and Sep Rajesh had seen poverty from very close quarters.
He joined the army at the age of 21 years in the year 2015 and was recruited into 16 Bihar battalion of the Bihar Regiment, an infantry Regiment well known for its brave soldiers and numerous battle exploits. By the year 2020, he had put in around five years of service and was soon to be married to a girl from his village in July 2020.
Operation Snow Leopard: 15 June 2020
During June 2020, Sep Rajesh Orang’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 Rajesh Orang 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 Rajesh Orang got seriously injured. Sep Rajesh Orang, 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, Naib Subedar Mandeep Singh, Nb Sub Nanduram Soren, Nb Sub Satnam Singh, Hav K Palani, Hav Bipul Roy, Hav Sunil Kumar, Sep Ganesh Hansda, Sep Ganesh Ram, Sep Chandan Kumar, Sep CK Pradhan, Sep Gurbinder Singh, Sep Aman Kumar, Sep Kundan Kumar, Sep KK Ojha, Sep Jai Kishore Singh, Sep Gurtej Singh, and Sep Ankush. Sep Rajesh Orang was a fearless and dedicated soldier who laid down his life at the age of 26 years in the line of his duty. Sep Rajesh Orang was given the gallantry award, “Sena Medal” on 26 Jan 2021 for his exceptional courage, devotion to duty, and supreme sacrifice.
Sep Rajesh Orang is survived by his father Shri Subhas Orang and mother Smt Mamta Orang.
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