Service No : 2779648N

Date of Birth : May 2, 1965

Place of birth : Kolhapur Dist (Mah)

Service : Army

Last Rank : Sepoy

Unit : 6 Maratha LI

Arm/Regt : The Maratha Light Infantry

Operation : Op Rakshak

Awards : Shaurya Chakra

Martyrdom : March 31, 1991

Sep Sudhakar Ghule SC

Sepoy Sudhakar Ghule hailed from Sheroi village in the Kolhapur district of Maharashtra and was born on 2nd May 1965.  After completing his initial education, he joined the army on 12 Dec 1983 at the age of 18 years. He got recruited into the 6 MLI battalion of the Maratha Light Infantry Regiment, an infantry regiment well known for its gallant soldiers and a number of battle honours. After completing his training, he served in various challenging operational areas and developed into a fine soldier with admirable soldierly skills. 


Operation Rakshak: 30 March 1991


During 1991, Sep Sudhakar Ghule’s unit was deployed in the J&K area as part of Op Rakshak. As his unit’s AOR (Area Of Responsibility) was affected with militant activities, the unit troops had to maintain a high level of readiness at all times and were engaged in operations against the militants on a frequent basis. Based on the reliable information from the intelligence sources about the presence of a large number of terrorists in the areas of village Sunur Kalipur and Rajwansher, a brigade operation was planned on 30 Mar 1991. 6 MLI battalion was tasked to lay the cordon and search in the prime target village of Sunur Kalipur. Sep Sudhakar Ghule was made part of the team that was tasked with this operation. Sep Sudhakar Ghule was Light Machine Gun (LMG) Number 2 and was deployed in the cordon to block the Northern escape route of the terrorists along with his comrade Sep Nivrutti Kotwal.


On 31 March 1991, at around 0445 hrs in a pitch dark dawn, a large group of terrorists stealthily moved towards the LMG position manned by Sep Sudhakar Ghule. However, Sep Sudhakar immediately detected the move and challenged the escaping terrorists. In a desperate attempt, the terrorists opened heavy volume of fire. But, Sep Sudhakar displaying commendable grit, mettle and determination swung into action and eliminated one terrorist.  Despite being wounded in the fierce gun battle, Sep Sudhakar pounced on the escaping terrorists along with Sep Nivrutti Kotwal and apprehended one of them.  However while doing so, he succumbed to his grievous injuries and was martyred.  Sep Sudhakar Ghule was a dedicated soldier with a high level of devotion to duty and laid down his life at the age of 25 years in the service of the nation. Sep Sudhakar Ghule was given the gallantry award, “Shaurya Chakra” on 26 January 1992 for his extraordinary courage, leadership and supreme sacrifice.


Sep Sudhakar Ghule is survived by his wife Smt Kadubai Ghule.

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