Service No : 2613759W

Place of birth : Kurnool, (AP)

Service : Army

Last Rank : Sepoy

Unit : 19 Madras

Arm/Regt : The Madras Regiment

Operation : CI & IS Ops

Martyrdom : February 3, 2016

Sepoy Mustaq Ahmed

Sepoy Mushtaq Ahmed S of 19 Madras belonged to  Parnapalle, in Kurnool Dist, Andhra Pradesh and had joined the 19th Battalion of Madras Regiment on September 21, 2004. Sepoy Mushtaq Ahmed took part in Battalion’s counterinsurgency in the North East and also in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. He later volunteered to join Rashtriya Rifles and was deployed in counter-insurgency operation again in Jammu and Kashmir. On August 15, Sepoy Mushtaq Ahmed volunteered to be inducted in the Siachen Glacier at an altitude of 19600 feet, having the sub-zero temperatures. 

 

Sonam Post Avalanche: 03 Feb 2016

 

During 2015-16, Sepoy Mushtaq Ahmed’s unit 19 Madras battalion was deployed in Siachen area under the command of Col Um Bahadur Gurung. In Dec 2015, Sep Mushtaq Ahmed along with 9 other personnel were chosen to man the Sonam post, one of the highest manned military posts in the world atop Saltoro Ridge. The post that overlooked Siachen Glacier to the east and Pakistani occupied territories to the west was prone to devastating avalanches with extreme weather conditions. Besides Sep Mushtaq ahmed, the other soldiers of the team included Sub Nagesha TT, Lance Hav S Kumar, Lance Naik Sudheesh B, Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad, Sep Mahesha PN, Hav Elumalai, Sep Rama Moorthy N, Sepoy Ganesan and Sep Sunil Suryawanshi. On the glacier, the soldiers contested an area where they had to deal with altitude sickness, high winds, frostbite and temperatures as low as minus 60 degrees Celsius (minus 76 degrees Fahrenheit). The rigorously trained soldiers needed to highly skilled in survival and sustenance. Besides the enemy fire, the soldiers had to brave the most unforgiving weather accompanied frequently by sudden avalanches and landslides. One such monstrous avalanche struck Sonam post in the morning of 03 Feb 2016.

 

Formed by enormous sized block of snow fracturing away form the mountain, it buried the post up to 25 feet deep snow in few seconds. 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. Sep Mushtaq Ahmed and 9 other soldiers got trapped under 25 feet of snow at an altitude of 20,500 feet. A massive rescue operation was launched by the Army which continued for  6 days to locate and rescue the trapped 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. The teams of Army and the Air Force undertook massive rescue operations under extreme weather conditions but could not save the life of this brave soldier. The nation will remain grateful to Sep Ganesan for his courage and supreme sacrifice.

 

 Sep Mushtaq Ahmed is survived by wife Smt S Nasimun and his parents.

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1 Comment
  • James Micheal

    2022at2:39 pm Reply

    Respect Sir
    You laid your life for the nation

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