Saichen Hero Lt Col Deepak Thapa Laid To Rest With Full Honour

Dharamshala: Mortal remains of an army officer, who had the unique distinction of being awarded a Yuddh Sewa Medal as a second lieutenant for his gallant action against the Pakistani soldiers in Siachen Glacier in 1989, were today laid to rest here yesterday.

Hundreds of people with moist eyes joined the funeral ceremony of Lt Col Deepak Thapa, who had breathed his last on March 8, after battling cancer for more than a year in Army’s super speciality Research & Referral Hospital here, a senior official said.

“The officer had the unique distinction of being awarded with a Yudh Sewa Medal as a second lieutenant for his gallant action against the Pakistani soldiers in the inhospitable Siachen Glacier in 1989.

“The area of action was rechristened as ‘Thapa base’ in his name, which till date serves as a source of motivation for all young soldiers and officers alike,” he said.

Several dignitaries and Army officers paid tribute by laying wreaths during a ceremony organised in Himachal Pradesh’s Dharamshala, where his body was finally laid to rest with full honours, the officer said.

Arvind Sharma is an award winning bi-lingual journalist with more than 20 years of experience. He has worked with Divya Himachal, Dainik Jagran, Dainik Bhasker, Vir Partap, Ajit and PTI. In 2010, he was conferred the Himachal Kesri journalism award. He reports on the Tibetan Government in Exile, politics, sports, tourism and other topics. He lives in Dharamshala.

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  1. says: Abhiishek sharma

    Deepak sir amazing living style touched my heart when I first met him , there after use to talk him many times on phone , the story of link with thapa ji begin in a very surprising way , 100% link made by srisathya sai, when at parti itself I recieved his first mail , and the link started , for me the happening is shocking and I have no words, miss you deepak ji sairam

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