Service No: 4298139N
Place of Birth : Kosaphalia Vill(J'khand)
Last Rank: Sepoy
Unit: 16 Bihar
Arm/Regt: The Bihar Regiment
Operation: CI & IS Ops
Date of Martyrdom : 16 Jun 2020
Sep Ganesh Hansda was born in the year 1997 and hailed from Kosaphalia, a tribal village in Singhbhum district of Jharkhand. Son of Shri Subda Hansda and Smt Kapra Hansda, he came from a family of daily wagers, who worked in fields and took up small jobs to ensure that Sep Ganesh received a decent education. Sep Ganesh was keen to join the Army since his younger days and went on to complete three-year training in NCC from LBSM College, Jamshedpur. Eventually he joined the Army in September 2018, at the age of 20 years.
He was recruited into 16 Bihar battalion of the Bihar Regiment, an infantry Regiment well known for its brave soldiers and numerous battle exploits. After completing a 9-month training at Danapur, Sep Ganesh got posted to Ladakh as his first assignment.
LAC Operation: 15/16 June 2020
During June 2020, Sep Ganesh Hansda’s unit was deployed in eastern Ladakh close to the Line of Actual Control(LAC). 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 15/16 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 Ganesh Hansda and other soldiers 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 Ganesh Hansda got seriously injured. Sep Ganesh Hansda, the CO, Col Santosh Babu, and 18 other soldiers later succumbed to their injuries and were martyred. The other brave hearts included Nb Sub Mandeep Singh, Nk Deepak Kumar Nb Sub Nanduram Soren, Nb Sub Satnam Singh, Hav Bipul Roy, Hav Sunil Kumar, Hav K Palani, Sep Chandan Kumar, Sep CK Pradhan, Sep Chandan Kumar, Sep Ankush Thakur, Sep Aman Kumar, Sep Kundan Kumar, Sep Rajesh Orang, Sep Ganesh Ram, Sep KK Ojha, Sep Jai Kishore Singh, Sep Gurtej Singh and Sep Gurbinder Singh.
Sep Ganesh Hansda was a valiant soldier who laid down his life at the age of 22 years in the line of his duty. Sep Ganesh Hansda is survived by his father Shri Subda Hansda, mother Smt Kapra Hansda and elder brother Shri Dinesh Hansda.
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