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SEP KUNDAN KUMAR OJHA: SENA MEDAL

Sepoy Kundan Kumar Ojha was born on 18th June 1993, to Shri Ravi Shankar and Smt Bhawani Devi. He was a native of Dihari village of Sahebganj district in Jharkhand. He joined the Indian Army in the year 2011, at the age of 18. He was recruited into the 16 Bihar battalion of the Bihar Regiment. 

Service Number 4292067Y 
Place of Birth Dihari Village, Jharkhand 
Rank Sepoy 
Unit 16 Bihar 
Regiment Bihar Regiment 
Award Sena Medal 
Date of Martyrdom 15th June 2020 

During June 2020, Sepoy Kundan’s unit was deployed in eastern Ladakh close to the Line of Actual Control (LAC) as part of Operation Snow Leopard. Since early June the tension along the LAC was building up due to construction work in Galwan valley close to the road going from Leh to Daulat Beg Oldie. On 15th June 2020 night, restless Chinese activities were noticed in Galwan valley. Considering the seriousness of the situation, Colonel Santosh Babu the commanding officer of 16 Bihar battalion deployed in the area decided to lead the negotiations. However, the negotiation turned into altercation and altercation turned into scuffle which ultimately took the form of a violent clash with the Chinese soldiers. The clashes continued for hours and many Indian soldiers including Sepoy Kundan got seriously injured. Sepoy Kundan, Colonel Santosh Babu and 18 other soldiers later succumbed to their injuries. 

Sepoy Kundan Kumar Ojha was awarded with ‘Sena Medal’ posthumously on 26th January 2021.

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