Service No : 2614709X
Birth Place : Pashupathi,Mysuru(KA)
Last Rank: Sepoy
Unit : 19 Madras
Arm/Regt : The Madras Regiment
Operation : Op Meghdoot
Date of Martyrdom: Feb 03, 2016
Sepoy Mahesha PN was enrolled in 19th Battalion of the Madras Regiment on October 10, 2005. In a career spanning 11 years, Sep Mahesha also served in ‘Operation Rhino’’ from 2009 to 2012 where he was actively involved in counterinsurgency operations. He again volunteered to serve with Rashtriya Rifles in Jammu and Kashmir from Feb 2012 to June 2014 where he displayed indomitable courage in fighting the terrorists and was part of many successful operations. He displayed a keen interest in mountaineering skills which made him an apt volunteer to serve in High Altitude Area of Siachen Glacier with effect from Aug 2015. He was also a sharpshooter of the Battalion.
Siachen Glacier Avalanche : Feb 2016
Sepoy Mahesha PN was one of the ten soldiers who got buried under snow after their camp in the northern part of the Siachen glacier was hit by a major avalanche in Feb 2016. The avalanche struck the camp located in the northern Siachen Glacier, at a height of 19,600 feet, in the early hours of 3rd Feb 2016. The post was manned by a Junior Commissioned Officer and nine soldiers. The rescue operations were carried out by specialized teams of the Army and the Air Force which were being coordinated from Leh and Udhampur.
Soldiers faced extreme risks in manning the inhospitable terrain at heights of 21,000 feet under extreme weather conditions on the world’s highest battlefield. Avalanches usually took place due to the accumulation of snow and are triggered by morning sunlight. In other cases, when the slope of accumulated snow was between 60 to 80 degrees, the instability leads to an avalanche. Although the Army had a unit of the Snow Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) in Jammu and Kashmir, with several observatories at various locations to issue warnings and alerts to the Army formations and units, it could not detect this avalanche and the cause also could not be known.
The teams of Army and the Air Force undertook massive rescue operations under extreme weather conditions but could not save the life of Sep Mahesha PN. Sep Mahesha was a valiant soldier who made the supreme sacrifice in the line of his duty. The nation will remain grateful to him for his courage and supreme sacrifice.