Lt.Col.Inderbal Singh Bawa, Comonded 4/5 Gurkha Rifles during operation of shri Lanka.The battalion was entrusted the with the task of clearing the axis of vasavilan,urgmpurai and jaffna fort. These were well-defended militant stronghold, but the Colonel, an able leader and shrewd strategist forged ahead inflicting heavy casualties on enemys along the way.
In early October ,the Gurkha Rifles was deployed to extricate12 Sikh Light Infantary and Para Commandos at Kondavil.By marching through heavily fortified enemy terittory Indian soldiers and successfully evacuated them. Towards the end of the operation ,suicide squad sprayed him with bullets, killing him instantly.
Lt.Col.Bawa was posthumously honoured with Mahavir Chakra for his supreme sacrifice to nation's cause.