Place of birth : Kollam Dist(Kerala)

Service : Army

Last Rank : Sepoy

Unit : 16 RR/22 Mech Inf

Arm/Regt : Mechanized Infantry

Operation : CI & IS Ops

Martyrdom : October 11, 2021

Sep Vaisakh H

Sep Vaisakh H hailed from Kottarakkara Odanavattam village in Kollam district of Kerala. Son of Shri Harikumar and Smt Beena Kumari, he had a sister Shilpa as his sibling. He came from a family of modest means and Sep Vaisakh grew up to be a very responsible son.  He joined the army after completing his school education in the year 2017 at the age of 19 years. He was recruited into 22 Mech Inf battalion of the Mechanized Infantry, an infantry Regiment well known for its gallant soldiers and various battle honours. After serving with his parent unit for sometime, he was deputed to serve with 16 RR battalion, deployed in J&K for counter insurgency operations. 

 

Surankote Operation (J&K) : 11 Oct 2021

 

During 2021, Sep Vaisakh‘s unit 16 RR battalion was deployed in the Poonch sector of J & K along the LOC.  The LOC was highly active and volatile where cease fire violations occurred very often and without any warning. It was also used by the terrorists for infiltration with the connivance of Pakistani security forces. The infiltration by the terrorists was invariably attempted under the cover of artillery fire or with the help of Border Action Team(BAT). Based on the information from the intelligence sources, about the presence of 4-5 hardcore terrorists in Surankote in frontier Jammu district of Poonch, the security forces launched a search and cordon operation on 11 Oct 2021. Sep Vaisakh was part of the team that was assigned the task of conducting this operation. 
 
The operation was launched in the early morning of 11 Oct 2021. Though the troops commenced the search and cordon operation initially in the suspected forested Chamrer area of Surankote, it spread to the adjoining Bhangai village of Rajouri district by evening. In the operation in villages close to Dera Ki Gali in Surankote, a fierce gun battle erupted with the terrorists, who felt threatened with the advancing troops. During the heavy exchange of fire, Sep Vaisakh and four other soldiers received gun shots and got severely injured. They later succumbed to their injuries and were martyred. Besides Sep Vaisakh the martyred soldiers included Nb Sub Jaswinder Singh, Sep Gajjan Singh, Sep Saraj Singh and Naik Mandeep Singh. Sep Vaisakh was a valiant soldier who laid down his life in the service of the nation at the age of 23 years.
 
Sep Vaisakh H is survived by his father Shri Harikumar, mother Smt Beena Kumari and sister Shilpa.
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