Date of Birth : April 15, 1988
Place of birth : West Medinipur(WB)
Service : Army
Last Rank : Lance Naik
Unit : 22 Maratha Li
Arm/Regt : The Maratha LI
Operation : CI & IS Ops
Martyrdom : May 27, 2022
Lance Naik Bappaditya Khutia hailed from Paschim Medinipur district of West Bengal and was born on 15 Apr 1988. Son of Shri Sukumar Khutia and Smt Reena Khutia, he had one brother as his sibling. He joined the Army after completing his school education in 2009 at the age of 20 years. He was recruited into the 22 MLI battalion of the Maratha Light Infantry Regiment, an infantry regiment well known for its gallant soldiers and a number of battle honours. After completing his training, he served in various operational areas and developed into a fine soldier with commendable soldierly skills.
Ladakh Vehicle Accident: 27 May 2022
During May 2022, L/Nk Bappaditya Khutia's unit was deployed in the Turtuk sector in the Ladakh area of Kashmir. The AOR(Area of Responsibility) of the unit spanned over remote rugged mountainous terrain with extreme weather conditions, especially in the winter season. The unit troops were deployed on various forward posts and often undertook patrol to monitor the area in between the manned posts. The soldiers joining the unit on posting or returning from leave had to acclimatize in phases at transit centers before joining owing to extreme weather conditions. on 27 May 2022, L/Nk Bappaditya Khutia and 25 other soldiers were required to go from the transit camp in Partapur near Siachen to a forward location in Sub Sector Hanif.
As the vehicle carrying L/Nk Bappaditya Khutia and 25 other soldiers was on its way, it skidded off the road and fell into Shyok River. The vehicle plummeted to a depth of 50-60 feet. injuring all the soldiers. The Army launched the rescue operation and the injured soldiers were transferred to a field hospital at Partapur, where Army surgical teams were dispatched from Leh. However L/Nk Bappaditya Khutia and six other soldiers succumbed to their injuries and were martyred. The other 19 soldiers were air-lifted and moved through Green Corridor in Chandigarh for treatment at Command Hospital. Besides L/Nk Bappaditya Khutla, the other martyred soldiers included Sub Vijayrao Shinde from the Satara district of Maharashtra. Nb Sub Gurudayal Sahu from Betul in Madhya Pradesh, Naik Sandeep Kumar from Hazaribagh in Jharkhand, Naik Jadhav Prashant Shivaji from Kolhapur in Maharashtra, Naik Ramanuj Kumar from Patna in Bihar and L/Hav Mhod Shaijal T from Malappuram in Kerala. L/Nk Bappaditya Khutla was a gallant soldier who made the supreme sacrifice at the age of 24 years in the line of his duty.
L/Nk Bappaditya Khutia is survived by his father Shri Sukumar Khutia, mother Smt Reena Khutia, wife and daughter.