Itanagar: The BJP MP from Arunachal Pradesh, Tapir Gao, has called upon the Government of India to consider awarding gallantry award to Havaldar Sher Thapa posthumously, in recognition of his heroics against Chinese soldiers during the 1962 Indo-China War.
“Thapa, a Havaldar of the Indian Army’s 2nd Battalion of Jammu & Kashmir Rifles, killed 79 Chinese soldiers alone and injured 150 of them in the battle fought at the Subansiri sector of Arunachal Pradesh on November 18, 1962,” Gao told the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.
“The Chinese army managed to kill Thapa after he ran out of ammunition, but his mortal remains were laid to rest with full honours,” Gao said, adding that tales of his heroic deeds were also broadcasted by the Chinese radio on November 19, 1962.
Gao, who represents the Arunachal East constituency for the BJP said, though India lost the 1962 battle against the Chinese in the Tawang and Walong sectors, the Indian Army was successful in winning the same in the Subansiri sector.
The MP said he has already written to the defence minister Rajnath Singh, Indian Army Chief and others requesting them to honour Thapa. His commanding officer Col (Retd) Amar Patil, who now lives in Pune, has also sought his recognition.
“I request the Government of India to confer a gallantry award to Havaldar Thapa posthumously, so that the Indian Army is motivated and those guarding our borders are honoured,” Gao said.
Born in Nepal on December 27, 1928, Thapa was enrolled into the Indian Army on January 01, 1957.