Service No: 2610554 A
Birth Place : Satara ,Maharashtra
Last Rank: Sepoy
Unit : 15 Marath LI
Arm/Regt : The Maratha Light Infantry
Operation : CI & IS Ops
Date of Martyrdom : Mar 09, 2017
Sepoy Deepak Jagannath Ghadge hailed from Borgoan village in Satara district of Maharashtra. His parents own a small piece of land in the drought-affected Borgoan village in Satara district and had to often work as farm laborers in nearby villages to make their ends meet. Due to extreme poverty, they could not feed and educate their son Deepak and daughter Dipa. Both Deepak and his sister were sent to their maternal uncle R R Jadhav in Vadroshi village which is in Patan block of Satara district. After his formal studies, Sep Deepak Jagannath Ghadge joined the Army and was inducted in 15 Maratha Light Infantry.
LOC Firing in Poonch Sector: 09 Mar 2017
During 2017, Sepoy Deepak Jagannath’s unit was deployed in the border area of Poonch district of J&K. On 09 Mar 2017, Sep Deepak was manning one of the forward posts of his unit along the LOC. This part of LOC is highly active and volatile where ceasefire violations occur very often and without any warning. The year 2017, recorded the highest number of ceasefire violations in the past decade. In another case of ceasefire violation, Pakistani troops opened unprovoked firing in Poonch sector along the LOC on 09 Mar 2017.
On 09 Mar 2017, when Pakistani troops initiated unprovoked firing on Indian posts from across the border in the Poonch sector, Indian troops guarding the LOC had to retaliate strongly and effectively. The forward Indian posts which came under attack were being manned by the troops of 15 Maratha Li. The firing was not only limited to small arms or mortars, but they also used anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) in a bunker-busting role. Indian Army gave a befitting reply and a fierce cross border exchange of fire ensued. During this heavy exchange of fire Sep Deepak Jagannath Ghadge, who was on duty on one of the forward posts got seriously wounded. He later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. Sep Deepak Jagannath Ghadge was a committed soldier who laid down his life in the service of the nation.
Sepoy Deepak Jagannath Ghadge is survived by his wife Nisha, a son and a daughter.
Colonol R R Jadhav, maternal uncle says about Deepak, “Born and brought up in a poor family, Sep Deepak Jagannath Ghadge, had been trying to lift his family from that misery. He had been working on his dream to avail comforts and luxuries for his poor parents and to provide a good lifestyle for his wife and two kids. But at the age of 27, he got martyred, leaving behind his parents and family to fend for themselves,”.
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