Service No : 14919862A

Date of Birth : February 1, 1975

Place of birth : Pauri Garhwal Dist

Service : Army

Last Rank : Lance Naik

Unit : 6 Mech Inf

Arm/Regt : Mechanised Infantry

Operation : Op Rakshak

Martyrdom : April 13, 2000

Lance Naik Ramesh Chandra

Lance Naik Ramesh Chandra hailed from Kathora village of Lansdown tehsil in Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. Son of Shri Shankar Datt and Smt Bigri Devi, Lance Naik Ramesh Chandra was born on 01 Feb 1975. L/Nk Ramesh Chandra had four brothers, Suresh Badola, Subhash Chandra Badola, Satish Chandra Badola, and Harish Chandra Badola, and four sisters Sureshi Devi, Jamotri Devi, Sarojini Devi, and Anandi Devi, as his siblings. Like many young men in Uttarakhand, L/Nk Ramesh Chandra also wanted to serve in the Armed Forces since his childhood. Following his passion, he joined the Indian Army after completing his school education on 1st Apr 1994 at the age of 19 years. He was recruited into the 6 Mech Inf Battalion of the Mechanized Infantry, an infantry Regiment well known for its gallant soldiers and various battle honours.

 

After serving for some time, he got married to Ms Beena Devi and the couple was blessed with two daughters Kusum Lata and Ritu. By the year 2000, he had put in around six years of service and had been promoted to the rank of Lance Naik. By then he had served in various operational areas with challenging work environments and had developed into a dedicated and tough soldier. 

 

Surankote Operation (Op Rakshak): 13 Apr 2000

 

During 2023, Lance Naik Ramesh Chandra‘s unit 6 Mech Inf battalion was deployed in the Poonch sector of J & K along the LOC as part of "Operation Rakshak". The LOC was highly active and volatile wherein cease-fire violations occurred very often and without any warning. The unit troops were engaged in operations against the terrorists on a regular basis as the unit's area of responsibility (AOR) was active with militancy. The volatility of its AOR demanded 'high alert' at all times on the part of the troops. The area was also prone to infiltration, which necessitated regular armed patrols to check any infiltration from across the border. On 13 Apr 2000, Lance Naik Ramesh Chandra was tasked to be part of one such ‘Area Domination Patrol’ in the Lasana jungle in the Surankote area falling in the AOR of the unit. Lance Naik Ramesh Chandra and his comrades set off for the patrol along the planned route on 13 Apr 2000. 
 
As the patrol reached the Lasana jungle, the troops observed some suspicious movement. On being challenged, the suspected terrorists felt threatened and fired at the troops. A fierce gun battle followed thereafter with a heavy exchange of fire from both sides. L/Nk Ramesh Chandra and his comrades kept tightening the cordon around the militants and blocking the possible escape routes.  However, during the operation, L/Nk Ramesh Chandra received gunshots in his chest and got severely injured. L/Nk Ramesh Chandra soon succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. Naik Ramesh Chandra was a fearless and committed soldier who laid down his life at the age of 25 years in the line of his duty.
 
Naik Ramesh Chandra is survived by his father Shri Shankar Datt, mother Smt Bigri Devi, wife Smt Beena Devi, daughters Ms Kusum Lata and Ms Ritu, brothers Shri Satish Chandra Badola & Shri Harish Chandra Badola, and sisters Smt Sureshi Devi, Smt Sarojini Devi & Smt  Anandi Devi.
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