Agartala: The Border Security Force (BSF) officer Dipak Kumar Mandal, second-in-command, who made the supreme sacrifice and laid down his life in the finest tradition of the force, while fighting with smugglers near Border Outpost (BOP) Belardeppa along the Indo-Bangladesh border in Sonamura sub-division, was awarded police gallantry medal posthumously on the occasion of the 71 Republic Day.
Mandal was posted in Tripura’s Belardeppa BOP on October 15, 2017 and while performing his duty in fighting trans-border smuggling he made the extreme sacrifice.
A press note from the BSF reads, “In the month of Oct 2017, Dipak Kumar Mandal 2IC was performing the duties of Officiating Commandant, 145 Bn BSF. On 15 Oct 2017, he was present at BOP Belardeppa for supervision of night domination operations. At midnight, he was informed about accident of BSF vehicle near Sonamura. He immediately left for accident site, but enroute he observed 25-30 smugglers trying to drive a herd of 15-20 cattle on the road towards Sonamura side for smuggling. He along with guard and driver immediately got off from vehicle and challenged the smugglers to stop the smuggling of the cattle. The smugglers started stones pelting and encircled the BSF party.”
When Dipak Kumar Mandal, realised that they are outnumbered, so he called Coy Comdr Belardeppa for reinforcement and he himself stood firmly against the smugglers, who were in possession of stones/bricks, machetes (Dah) and other sharp-edged weapons.
“Then suddenly, one vehicle of smugglers tried to hit Dipak and he had a narrow escape. Subsequently, the smugglers conspired again and rammed Dipak Kumar Mandal with another vehicle from behind with its light off at very high speed with intention to kill him, which caused multiple grievous injuries on his head and body”, it reads.
Thereafter, the smugglers fled away from the spot and the officer was immediately evacuated to ILS Hospital Agartala and further evacuated to Kolkata by Air and admitted to medical Super Specialty Hospital, where he remained under treatment w.e.f 16 Oct 2017 to 20 Oct 2017. Officer finally attained martyrdom at 11.35 am on 20 October 2017 last.
“Dipak Kumar Mandal, 2IC fought valiantly against the smugglers and displayed the highest degree of professionalism and sincerity towards his duties and loyalty to the Nation. In order to avoid collateral damage, Officer even restrained the use of lethal weapons showing his utmost concerns toward the populace. Resultantly, Officer has been awarded Police Gallantry Medal on the eve of the 71 Republic Day,” the press note reads.
Earlier on January 5, 2019, the Belardeppa BOP was renamed as BOP Dipak and a statue of Dipak Kumar Mandal was also unveiled by the inspector general AK Yadav in presence of other officials.