Dip Prasad Pun, CGC is a Nepalese sergeant of the Royal Gurkha Rifles who was enriched with the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross for a demonstration of courage amid the War in Afghanistan on the night of 17 September 2010.Pun, then an Acting Sergeant, without any assistance vanquished 12 to 30 Taliban radicals who were raging his control post close Babaji in Helmand area.
Immediately before the engagement, Pun, who was with the first Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles, was on sentry obligation at a checkpoint guarding his unit’s compound. Taliban contenders, planting bombs close to the compound entryway under the cover of darkness, abruptly encompassed and assaulted his post with AK-47s and RPGs. Corporal Pun, alone and trusting he was going to die, chose to murder as many enemies as possible.
The majority of the militants were around 50ft far from him, yet at one point he pivoted to see an “enormous” Taliban contender approaching over him.
At the point when another insurgent attempted to move up to his position, the Gurkha endeavored to shoot him with his SA80 rifle. In any case, it didn’t work, either on the grounds that it had stuck or the magazine was empty.
He initially got a sandbag however it had not been tied up and the substance tumbled to the floor. During the engagement he supposedly spent all his ammo, more than 400 rounds; utilized 17 hand explosives and a Claymore mine before battering the last contender with the tripod of his automatic rifle. Two Taliban were all the while assaulting his post when he set off the Claymore mine. His company officer, Major Shaun Chandler, landed at the checkpoint, slapped him on the back and inquired as to whether he was Ok.
His gallantry award is second just to the Victoria Cross – the most elevated honor for valiance whilst confronting the adversary. After the service, which perceived the fortitude of a few warriors, visitors lined up to shake Cpl Pun’s hand.
The married soldier, whose father and grandfather were likewise Gurkhas, is initially from Bima in western Nepal. His medical reference said he spared the lives of three confidants at the checkpoint and kept the position being overrun.
“Pun could never know how many enemies were attempting to overcome his position, but he sought them out from all angles despite the danger, consistently moving towards them to reach the best position of attack,” it read.
Major General Nicholas Carter, who was commander of combined forces, including British troops, in southern Afghanistan amid Cpl Pun’s deployment, praised the warrior and those from the Mercian Regiment getting courage awards today.
The senior officer, who got the Distinguished Service Order from the Queen for his administration in the Middle East nation, said: ‘Their efforts have been tremendous. It was a privilege to have members of the 1st Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles and the Mercian Regiment under my command’.
The Cpl Pun was an example of brave Gurkhas who fought for the nation despite their living conditions and pay. Surely these men and women deserve great honor.