Srinagar, 17 Jun 16 : “Kayar Hono Banda Marno Ramro” (Better to die than be a coward) is the unit motto that L/Hav Prem Bahadur Resmi Magar, lived by and followed it when he breathed his last and in that, attained immortality.
On his last journey, the martyr, who made the supreme sacrifice fighting infiltrators in Tangdhar yesterday in an operation that eliminated four terrorists, was today given a befitting tribute by his comrades in arms at BB Cantt in Srinagar.
A battle hardened soldier with 18 yrs of distinguished service, L/Hav Prem Bahadur was part of the Unit’s Ghatak (Commando) team and had also been actively involved in two earlier operations in the same area in which seven terrorists were killed.
Hailing from village Sauni in Palpa district of Nepal, he was a true embodiment of the Gorkhas’ martial and yet mirthful character.
It was his ilk that made Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw once famously remark, “if a man says he is not afraid of dying, he’s either lying or he’s a Gorkha”. Gorkha Rifles is one of the finest regiments of the Indian Army, many units of which have their recruitment base in Nepal as part of a Britain – Indo-Nepal tripartite agreement signed at the time of independence in 1947.
The 37 years old martyr, son of a farmer, is survived by his wife Smt Devi Resmi Magar and two children-13 year old son Dol Bahdur and 10 years old daughter Yogita.
Paying glowing tributes to the hero, Lt Gen Satish Dua the Chinar Corps Commander said that “ the nation shall remain indebted to his sacrifice and the present generation as well as posterity will continue to draw inspiration from him” Expressing his condolences to the bereaved family, he reaffirmed the Army’s commitment to their wellbeing.
SOURCE : Indian Army Fans