Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Assembly Speaker Pasang Dorjee Sona on Wednesday inaugurated the welcome gate “Martyr Tape Yajo Dwaar” in presence of 56 Infantry Division GOC Major General VK Purohit, Brigadier DS Rathod and Colonel Dilip Singh Rathod at Besang in Karo village in Shi-Yomi district to commemorate Amarveer Tape Yajo, who made the supreme sacrifice for the nation.
A proud son of Arunachal Pradesh, late Naik Tape Yajo, hailing from Karo village under Pidi circle in Shi-Yomi, was a saga of bravery and gallantry who served the Indian Army with distinction for over 12 years.
He laid his life during operation against terrorists in Jammu & Kashmir while leading a scout of the attacking column tasked to eliminate terrorists in the Poonch sector of J&K on September 21, 2008.
During the operation, terrorists attacked unexpectedly and opened fire from a very close range with heavy automatic guns following which Tape Yajo was injured.
Despite being wounded and bleeding profusely, he charged the terrorists at close range and he and his team killed three hardcore terrorists.
His gallant action led to the elimination of the terrorists without causing further damage to the nation. However, Tape Yajo succumbed to his injuries on September 22, 2008.
Considering his gallant action, bravery, and supreme sacrifice in the service of the nation, Naik Tape Yajo was awarded Kirti Chakra posthumously. He was one the most decorated army men with the 50th Year of Independence Anniversary Army Medal, the Videsh Seva medal with Clasp Bhutan, the Special Seva medal with Clasp Suraksha, OP Rakshak Medal, High Altitude Medal, 9 Years Long Service Medal, OP Parakram Medal and prestigious Kriti Chakra (posthumous).
The Speaker, who also unveiled the bust of Amarveer Tape Yajo on the occasion, said, “I thank the Indian Army for organising this small yet beautiful programme to pay homage to martyr Yajo and pass the message about his bravery to the people.”