Army Pays Tributes To Slain Soldier

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KG News Desk

Srinagar, May 28: Army today paid a befitting tribute with full military honours to its valiant soldier Havildar Hangpan Dada who had attained martyrdom yesterday during an operation in Naugam Sector, an army spokesman in a statement issued here said.

Homage was paid to the valour and sacrifice of the brave heart in a solemn ceremony held at Badami Bagh Cantonment. Late Havildar Hangpan Dada, led his team from front and located a group of militants in the forward area of Naugam sector on early morning of 26 May 2016. Realising the importance of time & gravity of situation Havildar Hangpan Dada led a small team of 06 men and started engaging the militants with effective fire. He closed in with the militants and brought precision fire, killing two of them on the spot, the spokesman said.

Displaying utter disregard to personal safety Havildar Hangpang Dada crawled towards the balance of the two militants hiding behind the boulders. He charged on to the location with his personal weapon blazing and killed the third militants but in the process was hit by a volley of bullet that severely injured him. Showing undeterred determination & grit he kept engaging the fourth militants till the reinforcement along with the Company Commander arrived. Subsequently, the fourth terrorist was eliminated. While being evacuated, the brave heart succumbed to his injuries and made supreme sacrifice in the line of Duty.

It was sheer grit and determination of Havildar Hangpang Dada that he undertook the daring mission in extremely difficult terrain with height varying upto 13,000-feet in Shamsabari range to eliminate four heavily-armed militants.

The 36 years old, Havildar Hangpang Dada was enrolled in the Assam Regiment in year 1997. He was robust NCO (Non Commissioned Officer) with 19 year of operational experience. He was proudly remembered by his peers for his indomitable spirit and a very high camaraderie quotient. He was an expert sharp shooter and a noble soul who was known as dada in his regimental for his helping nature. Late Hangpang Dada, hailed from Borduria, Arunanchal Pradesh and is survived by his wife, son and a daughter.

Laying wreath to salute the brave soldier’s final journey, Lt Gen Satish Dua, The Chinar Corps Commander said that such exemplary acts always serve as an inspiration to the serving generation. This ultimate sacrifice in line of duty will continue to motivate the Chinar Corps fraternally.

The mortal remains have been taken to his native village where the last rites will be conducted with full military honours.