Service No : 3186635 X
Date of Birth : Aug 20,1971
Birth Place : Dharwad, Karnataka
Last Rank: Sepoy
Unit : 2 JAT
Arm/Regt : The Jat Regiment
Operation : Op Rakshak
Date of Martyrdom : Aug 13, 2002
Sepoy Basavaraj was born on 20th August 1971 to Veerebhadrappa and Shantamma at Kondi Koppa Village in Annigeri Taluk of Dharwada district, Karnataka. He always wanted to join the army and decided to follow his dream after completing his graduation from his native place. On 29th Oct 1993, he got enrolled into the Jat Regiment of Indian Army when he was 22 years old.
On 25th May 1996, he got married to Mallava and had two children named Sanjay and Sudeep. During his service career of over 8 years Sepoy Basavaraj got posted to various operational areas and evolved into a battle hardened and committed soldier. He participated in numerous operations in a short time which included Op Savage Bengal, Op Vijay Kargil war , Op Rakshak J&K , and Op Parakram J&K. He was awarded with Op Vijay Medal for kargil war and also Sainya Seva Medal for his meritorious service.
Doda Operation : 13 Aug 2002
During 2002, Sep Basavaraj’s unit was deployed in Doda district of J & K and was engaged in anti-insurgency operations. On 13th August 2002, the unit had received credible information from the intelligence sources about the presence of militants in Trenna village in Doda district. After analyzing the intelligence inputs it was decided to launch a search and destroy operation to deal with the militants. Consequently a team of soldiers including Sepoy Basavaraj from the Jat Regiment set off to carry out the assigned task.
Sepoy Basavaraj and his comrades launched the search and cordon operation in the suspected area of Trenna village. Soon they spotted the militants, who on being challenged fired at the troops. A fierce gun-battle ensued thereafter with heavy exchange of fire from both sides. Sepoy Basavaraj and his team members tried to make some tactical moves to pin the militants down and in the process Sepoy Basavaraj got hit by bullet on his head. Sepoy Basavaraj later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. Sepoy Basavaraj laid down his life in the line of duty and made the sacrifice in the service of the nation.
Sepoy Basavaraj is survived by his wife Mallava and two sons Sanjay and Sudeep.
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