Service No: JC617223L

Service: Army

Last Rank : Subedar

Last Unit : 6/5 GR (FF)

Arm/Regt : 5 Gorkha Rifles

Operation: CI & IS Ops

Award : KC

Date of Martyrdom : 06 Nov 2004

Sub Jagat Bahadur Ghale KC

Sub Jagat Bahadur Ghale joined the Army after his school education and was recruited into 6/5 GR battalion of 5 Gorkha Rifles Regiment, an infantry Regiment well known for its fearless soldiers. By 2004, Sub Ghale had put in over two decades of service and evolved into a dedicated soldier and dependable junior commissioned officer.  


Kupwara Operation : 06 Nov 2004


During 2004, Sub JB Ghale’s unit was deployed in Kupwara district of J&K. The AOR (Area Of Responsibility) of the battalion ran along the LOC which was also prone to infiltration from across the border. Besides undertaking planned counter-insurgency and counter-infiltration operations, the unit launched regular armed patrols to monitor its area. The unit troops had to maintain a strict vigil at all times to check any infiltration attempt by the terrorists from across the border. One such infiltration bid was detected in the night of 06 Nov 2004, when six Lashkar-e –Taiba terrorists tried to enter via the dense Rajawar forests near the Line of Control. Sub Jagat Bahadur Ghale, deployed near LOC, recognized the threat and quickly made an action-plan to ambush them. 


Sub Ghale deployed his troops tactically and waited until the terrorists came as close as 15 meters before opening fire and taking them by surprise. A fierce gun-battle ensued thereafter which then turned into a hand to hand combat. Sub Ghale showing great courage managed to eliminate two terrorists, but sustained a gunshot wound on his left shoulder during the exchange of fire. However without caring for his injuries, Sub Ghale continued to fight and lead his men during the operation. Despite being severely injured and bleeding profusely, Sub Ghale managed to injure yet another terrorist. Inspired by Sub Ghale’s gallant actions, his troops eventually eliminated all the terrorists. Sub Ghale later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred.


Sub Ghale was a valiant soldier and determined junior commissioned officer who led from the front and laid down his life in the line of his duty. Sub JB Ghale was given the nation’s the second-highest peace time gallantry award, “Kirti Chakra” for his extraordinary courage, fighting spirit, leadership and supreme sacrifice. Sub JB Ghale is survived by his wife Smt Ambika Ghale. 

The citation for the Kirti Chakra awarded to him reads:


On the night of 06 November 2004, an ambush party under the command of Subedar Jagat Bahadur Ghale was deployed near Line of Control in the Northern sector. When they detected six terrorists attempting to infiltrate, displaying bold initiative, he re-sited the ambush to engage and eliminate the terrorists. Subedar Ghale allowed the terrorists to approach as close as 15 meters before opening fire and killing two. Despite the heavy retaliatory fire, he redeployed ambush to prevent the escape of remaining terrorists.


Subedar Ghale rallied ambush under his command to engage the retreating terrorists and in the process sustained a gunshot wound on his left shoulder. Despite the injury, he continued to fire and injured the third terrorist. Unmindful of his own injury ad profusely bleeding Subedar Ghale continued to lead his troops motivating them to engage and eliminate the fleeing terrorists until he was unable to do so on account of the loss of blood. He was evacuated for first-aid where he succumbed to injuries. Subedar Jagat Bahadur Ghale, thus, displayed conspicuous gallantry, selfless courage, and made the supreme sacrifice in the highest traditions of the Indian Army, while fighting the terrorists.

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