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Sepoy Ankush Thakur was born on 24th November 1998, to Shri Anil Thakur and Smt Usha Devi. He hailed from Karohta village in Himachal Pradesh. He joined the Indian Army at the age of 19 in the year 2018. He was recruited into the 3 Punjab battalion of the Punjab Regiment.  

Service Number 2516847N 
Place of Birth Himachal Pradesh 
Rank Sepoy 
Unit 3 Punjab 
Regiment Punjab Regiment 
Award Sena Medal 
Date of Martyrdom 15th June 2020 

During June 2020, Sepoy Ankush’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 Ankush got seriously injured. Sepoy Ankush, Colonel Santosh Babu and 18 other soldiers later succumbed to their injuries. 

Sepoy Ankush was awarded with ‘Sena Medal’ posthumously on 26th January 2021.

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