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Sepoy Ganesh Hansda was born in the year 1997, to Shri Subda Hansda and Smt Kapra Hansda. He was a native of Kosaphalia, a tribal village in Singhbhum district of Jharkhand. He joined the Indian Army at the age of 20, in the year 2018. He was recruited into 16 Bihar battalion of the Bihar Regiment. 

Service Number 4298139N 
Place of Birth Jharkhand 
Rank Sepoy  
Unit 16 Bihar 
Regiment Bihar Regiment 
Award  Sena Medal 
Date of Martyrdom 15th June 2020 

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

Sepoy Ganesh was awarded ‘Sena Medal’ posthumously, on 26th January 2021.

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