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Indo-China war hero Shere Thapa: starved to death 79 Chinese soldiers, but martyrdom awaits respect even after 60 years

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Sher Bahadur Thapa became a part of the Indian Army on January 1, 1957.
On 18 November 1962, 200 soldiers of the Chinese army were stopped alone.
His martyrdom has not yet been recognized by the central government.

Itanagar. Arunachal Chief Minister Pema Khandu tweeted earlier this year, “We know very little about Indian Army Havildar Shere Thapa, who single-handedly retaliated by Chinese forces in the Upper Subansiri sector during the 1962 war. was.’ Khandu tweeted this after unveiling a statue of the unsung hero Thapa. Even after 60 years of war, Thapa’s martyrdom has not been recognized by the central government.

According to official records, Thapa of the 2nd Battalion of the Jammu and Kashmir Rifles of the Indian Army alone killed 79 Chinese soldiers and injured several others in a battle in the Subansiri sector of Arunachal Pradesh in November 1962. Thapa’s Commanding Officer-Second Lieutenant Amar Patil, who retired as a colonel, said that this martyr, lost in the pages of history, has not been recognized even after sixty years.

Sher Bahadur Thapa became a part of the Indian Army on January 1, 1957.

Lok Sabha MP from Arunachal-East parliamentary constituency Tapir Gao had met Defense Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi in September last year and handed over a letter requesting him to posthumously award the gallantry award to Thapa. Born in Nepal in 1928, Thapa served in the JK Regiment Special Force from December 27, 1945 to December 31, 1956 and was commissioned into the Indian Army on January 1, 1957. Later he was appointed as a platoon havaldar under Subedar Sher Bahadur.

On 18 November 1962, 200 soldiers of the Chinese army were stopped alone.

Retired Colonel Patil said, “Thapa was posted on protective patrol on Tama Chung Chung Ridge near Rio Bridge in Upper Subansiri district to cover routes coming from the Sino-Indian border.” Patil told the news agency, ‘On November 18, 1962, about 200 soldiers of PLA (Chinese Army) infiltrated through Tama Chung Chung ridge and attacked the protective patrol of 2-JAK RIF. Havaldar Thapa was monitoring the border on the mountains. They retaliated, in which many Chinese soldiers got killed on sight. He kept firing continuously without eating anything. His body was lying there for three days. Patil said that during the fighting there was a pile of dead bodies of Chinese soldiers.

Martyrs were fighting while fighting

Retired Colonel Patil said, ‘When the firing from the Chinese side stopped, Thapa came out of his bunker. But death was waiting for him. A wounded Chinese soldier opened fire, in which Thapa was martyred’ He said that Thapa’s heroic action prevented the Chinese troops from advancing for 72 hours. Patil said, ‘In the fighting, more than 70 Chinese soldiers, including a senior officer, are said to have been killed.’

Didn’t get award, but Thapa is alive in hearts

The retired colonel said that Thapa may not have received any award, but his bravery is remembered and respected by the local people. Patil said that Havaldar is survived by wife and two children, but very few people know about where he lives. The Indian Army later constructed a memorial near the Rio Bridge as a tribute to the brave soldier. Khandu unveiled his statue in January near Thapa’s memorial near the Rio Bridge between Limeking and Nacho, but his martyrdom is yet to be recognized by the central government.

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