Service No : 9415981N

Date of Birth : June 5, 1961

Place of birth : Ilam Dist (Nepal)

Service : Army

Last Rank : Havildar

Unit : 1/11 GR

Arm/Regt : 11 Gorkha Rifles

Operation : Op Vijay ( Kargil )

Awards : Vir Chakra

Martyrdom : July 3, 1999

Hav Bhim Bahadur Dewan VrC

Havildar Bhim Bahadur Dewan hailed from Namshal village of IIlam district in Nepal and was born on 5th Jun 1961. After completing his school education he joined the army on 05 Jun 1979 at the age of 18 years. He was recruited into the 1/11GR battalion of the 11 Gorkha Rifles regiment, an infantry regiment well known for its brave soldiers. During his service career, he served in various operational areas with challenging work environments. After serving for a few years he got married to Ms Padmaya. By 1999, he had put in nearly twenty years of service and had been promoted to the rank of Havildar.  


Khalubar Ridge Operation (Kargil War) : 02/03 July 1999


During June-July 1999, Hav BB Dewan's unit was deployed in the Batalik sector of Ladakh and was part of "Operation Vijay". The unit was functioning under the command of the 70 Infantry Brigade with the overall control being with the 3 Infantry Division. By early May 1999, Pakistani forces had intruded well across the LOC, in the Mushkoh, Drass, Kaksar, and Batalik sectors. The extent of penetration across the LOC varied from 4 to 8 km in each sector. In many vital points, neither artillery nor air power could dislodge the enemy forces, who were not in the visible range. On discerning the layout of ground and enemy intrusions, it was decided to first drive a wedge in the enemy intrusion area by opening a corridor to the LOC through the Junk Lungpa and thereafter tackle each area piecemeal. This task was given to 12 JAK LI along with 10 Para(SF) and a company of Ladakh Scouts and was completed by 03 June 1999. However, the enemy continued to occupy the ridges to the West, East, and North. Having secured the corridor through the Junk Langpa, it was decided to capture the other ridges one by one. The enemy's main intrusions and defences were on the Khalubar-Padma Go Ridgeline. Hav BB Dewan's unit 1/11 GR along with 22 Grenadiers was tasked to launch an assault operation in this area.
Khalubar-Padma Go Ridge comprised the features of Pt 4812, Khalubar, Pt 5287, Pt 5000, and Stangba. 70 Infantry Brigade decided to use the elements of 1/11 GR, 22 Grenadiers, 12 JAK LI, and Ladakh Scouts to capture these features. 1/11 GR and 22 Grenadiers were tasked to capture Khalubar and Pt 5287 complex. These were the most formidable defences of the enemy and were very challenging to capture. The Kalubhar Ridgeline dominated the Batalik Area. The Jubar Complex was to its left and Point 5203 to its right in the Chorbat La Area, close to the LOC. The highest feature was Point 5287 (approximately 16,000 feet), with Point 4812 in its vicinity towards the south. The enemy had occupied Khalubhar Ridgeline and it was important to evict the enemy to reclaim the lost territory. As part of the operational plan, 1/11 GR was assigned the task of taking over Khalubar. The task was given to the ‘B’ company of 1/11 GR wherein Hav BB Dewan was the leading section commander of Platoon No 5 under Captain Manoj Kumar Pandey. 
On the night of 2/3 July 1999, Capt Manoj along with Hav BB Dewan and other troops marched off for the Pahalwan Chowki located at a height of 19700 feet on the way to Khalubar. As the assault team moved ahead, it faced heavy and intense enemy fire from both sides of the hillock. After a long and tiring climb of seven hours when Hav BB Dewan's column reached the objective, it came under fire from all surrounding heights including from area bunkers. The troops under Capt Manoj were tasked to clear the enemy position, comprising 6 bunkers. Hav Bhim Bahadur Dewan's section was asked to assault the right two bunkers. He assaulted the first bunker by firing and lobbing grenades and killed two enemy personnel inside and thereafter moved on to the second bunker. Hav BB Dewan then led the assault onto the second bunker and after a firefight lasting over an hour he finally captured the bunker killing two enemy personnel. Hav BB Dewan was injured while clearing the second bunker but undeterred he continued to exhort and inspire his section to clear the bunker. Hav BB Dewan finally succumbed to his injuries and was martyred on the battlefield. During this operation, the enemy suffered eleven dead and also left behind a large number of weapons and ammunition. Besides Hav BB Dewan six other soldiers of 1/11 GR were martyred during this entire operation. The other martyred brave hearts of 1/11 GR included Capt Manoj Kumar Pandey, Hav Ganga Ram Rai, Rfn Karna Bahadur Limbu, and Rfn Kalu Ram Rai. Two other soldiers Hav Jhanak Bahadur Rai and Rfn Arun Kumar Rai succumbed to their injuries on 04 July 1999. Hav Bhim Bahadur Dewan was a gritty and courageous soldier, who laid down his life at the age of 38 years in the line of his duty. For his supreme sacrifice, Hav Bhim Bahadur Dewan was awarded the "Vir Chakra" posthumously on 15th Aug 2000.
Hav Bhim Bahadur Dewan is survived by his wife Smt Padmaya Dewan.
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