Service No: IC-83765X

Date of Birth: 15 Oct 1996

Place of Birth: Madhepura (Bihar)

Service: Army

Last Rank : Captain

Unit : 18 Madras

Arm/Regt: The Madras Regiment

Award: SC

Operation : CI & IS Ops

Date of Martyrdom: 08 Nov 2020

Capt Ashutosh Kumar SC

Captain Ashutosh Kumar was born on 15 Oct 1996 and hailed from Parmanpur village of Bihar’s Madhepura district. Son of Shri Ravindra Yadav and Smt Geeta Devi, Capt  Ashutosh had two sisters Khushboo and Anshu as his siblings. He did his schooling at Sainik School Bhubaneshwar in Odisha. While studying in the Sainik School his inclination towards the Armed Forces grew and the foundation of his future military life was laid.

 

His resolve to join the Army grew with the age and consequently, he got selected for the prestigious NDA after finishing school. He later went to  IMA Dehradun and was commissioned as a Lieutenant in June 2018 at the age of 21 years. He got commissioned into 18 Madras of the Madras Regiment, an infantry Regiment well known for its dauntless soldiers and numerous battle exploits. As a young Lieutenant, he got posted to the J&K area as his first assignment. He soon evolved into a committed soldier and a fine officer with superior field-craft skills.

 

Machil Sector Operation: 08 Nov 2020

 

During Nov 2020, Capt Ashutosh Kumar’s unit 18 Madras was deployed in the Kupwara district of J&K close to the Line of Control(LOC). The unit troops were engaged in counter-insurgency operations on a regular basis as its AOR (Area of Responsibility) was affected by active militancy. The LOC remained highly active and volatile with ceasefire violations occurring very often and without any warning. Besides manning the forward posts in the Machil sector in Kupwara district,  Capt Ashutosh Kumar’s unit also undertook operations to check the infiltration bids as its AOR was prone to infiltration by the militants from across the border. On 08 Nov 2020, one such infiltration bid was reported by the BSF patrol at around 0100 hrs near the anti-infiltration obstacle system about 3.5 Kms from the LOC.

 

As the firefight escalated, the soldiers from 18 Madras have rushed intake on the infiltrators. Capt Ashutosh Kumar along with his team swung into action to foil the infiltration bid and neutralize the militants. The contact with the militants was lost around 0400 hrs but was reestablished at around 1020 hrs as the infiltrators were being tracked by various surveillance devices. Capt Ashutosh Kumar deployed his troops tactically to block the possible escape routes and engaged them aggressively. In the ensuing fierce gun battle, three militants were eliminated. However, during the exchange of fire Capt Ashutosh Kumar and four of his comrades received gunshots and were seriously injured. Later Capt Ashutosh Kumar and two more soldiers Hav Praveen Kumar & Rifleman Ryada Maheshwar succumbed to their injuries and were martyred. Capt Ashutosh Kumar was a valiant soldier and a fine officer, who led from the front and laid down his life in the line of his duty at the age of 24 years. Capt Ashutosh Kumar was given the gallantry award, “Shaurya Chakra” for his commendable bravery, leadership, and supreme sacrifice.

 

Capt Ashutosh Kumar is survived by his father Shri Ravindra Yadav, mother Smt Geeta Devi, and sisters Khushboo Kumari & Anshu Kumari.

The citation for “Shaurya  Chakra” awarded to him reads:

 

Captain Ashutosh Kumar was performing the duties of Ghatak Platoon Commander deployed at a post close to the line of control in Jammu and Kashmir. On 08 November 2020, on receipt of information of the likely escape of terrorists Late Captain Ashutosh proceeded to establish stops along the likely routes of escape. At 0630 hours cut off group led by Late Capt Ashutosh observed the movement of escaping terrorists. The officer displaying raw courage continued to maintain contact and closed in with the terrorists. While closing in, the scout of the group sustained a bullet injury. Sensing grave danger to own troops and seeing the terrorist escape, the officer with utter disregard to his personal safety and displaying grit of steel while being completely exposed to terrorist fire, with complete calmness took an aimed shot and brought down the terrorist at a very close range. In the ensuing gunfire, he sustained a gunshot wound and succumbed to injuries on the spot. For displaying indomitable courage and professional acumen of the highest order in saving his fellow soldier’s life and eliminating hardcore terrorists with utter disregard to his own safety, Captain Ashutosh Kumar is recommended for the award of “SHAURYA CHAKRA” (POSTHUMOUS).

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25 Comments
  • Valsan Kunnath

    2020at11:46 pm Reply

    Big Salute Capt Ashutosh Kumar , the Brave Son of Bharath,

    Young Officer, You gave your today for our tomorrow.

    My heartfelt condolences to your brave family.

    Indian Flag will always Fly High. Vande Matharam, JAI HIND.

  • Yu

    2020at1:21 am Reply

    Jai hind God give us enough strength to take revenge

  • Harish Shingde

    2020at2:04 pm Reply

    Salute to his bravery…
    We are both the same age and even at this age his thoughts and mind are very straightforward and on the one hand we are on the verge of a difficult test and we think of finishing ourselves. Salutations to this hero❤️

  • HRISHIKESH THAKUR

    2021at11:16 pm Reply

    आपके बलिदान और साहस की तुलना नहीं की जा सकती है हम आपकी सेवा के लिए हमेशा ऋणी हैं | आप जिस हिम्मत और बहादुरी से अपने देश के लिये खुद को बलिदान करते हैं वह सच में सराहनीय है
    आपको इस पत्र के माध्यम से जितन भी धन्यबाद करू वह कम होगा | हमें आप सबकी इस बहादुरी पर अत्यधिक गर्व है | ‘जय हिंद’ ‘वंदे मातरम’

  • Syed Yasser Ahmed

    2021at1:47 pm Reply

    A big salute to all the brave hero’s of our country, because of you guys who are safe guarding our country with intension that the normal citizens of the country sleep peacefully.. Thank you very much for your support and also the effort that you put into safeguarding our nation..

    Thank you very much.
    Jai Hind.
    Jai Jawan Jai Kisan.

  • Shivam Gupta

    2021at3:19 pm Reply

    Thank you so much sir for choosing to defend our great nation. It is quite a sacrifice and we need to do more for all of you. I do not take my freedom for granted and I’m grateful every day there are people like you who put their lives on the line. I appreciate your risking life for us. You are real hero.

  • Sindhuri Meda

    2021at3:24 pm Reply

    A big salute to Captain Ashutosh Kumar, You will always be remembered for your bravery and for all the sleepless nights you have had, for all the rains and storms you have faced for our safety. Our flag flies not because of the wind that blows it, but because of the breath of the soldiers whose breath blows it. Thank you can never be enough to acknowledge the selfless intent with which you love our country.

  • Sandeep Yeligotla

    2021at3:31 pm Reply

    When the nation is about to drown,
    There are people standing firm to protect its crown.
    They thrive for the nation day and night,
    Against nature and enemies they stand to fight.

    Without any fear they sacrifice their life,
    Not even thinking about their children and wife.
    The pride of the nation is what they preserve,
    But still don’t get the respect that they deserve.

    Guarding border and sharing shoulder,
    With nothing to eat and dying beneath,
    Their eyes never show that they’ve cried,
    But protecting their people will always make them smile with pride.

    Every time a soldier dies,
    Motherland in grief always cries.

    How would it be for a father to see his son go up to the skies before him?
    How would it be for a mother who still remembers his last words while leaving home “I’ll come back soon, Ma”
    How would it be for a young wife with a 2 years old daughter to dare to imagine her future without him?
    How would be for a sister/brother to look at the home without him?

    But he comes home,
    With medals on his chest,
    Wrapped up in the national flag,
    Telling the nation not to cry,
    As he was a soldier born to die!

    He is your brother,
    Fighting for the same mother,
    Do you even bother or realize his sacrifices?
    It’s high time to acknowledge what they did which you are not able to do,
    Your freedom comes at the cost of their lives.
    Visit a soldier’s home, contribute something to their family, share love, bring smiles to the bereaved families.
    Though the word “Thank You” is not a sufficient, it’s the least we can all do and say..

    Thank you so much for your service and bravery!!!

  • Ruchita Upadhyay

    2021at12:41 pm Reply

    Our souls and our hearts are ONE. He is immortal through his courage and dedication he showed for our Nation.
    We salute his spirit and his family for the strength and support they gave him.

    Thanks for protecting us and this Nation’s sovereignty.
    Jai Hind

  • Anchal Prajapati

    2021at6:42 pm Reply

    A big salute to Capt. Ashutosh Kumar, we all are truly proud of your bravery, sacrifice and fierceness. Our words can never equate your sacrifices for the nation.
    A big salute to your family, who had given birth to such a courageous son.
    At your age, when were trying to figure out what we want to do in our life, you had sacrificed your life for the nation. Your love for the nation is unmeasurable.

    I feel emotional writing this letter. On behalf of the entire nation, i want to thankyou for your sacrifices and your bravery. Will always be PROUD, PROUD and PROUD……

    In the end i just want to dedicate below mentioned beautiful lines for you:
    “बचपन भी ने गुजरा और देश के रंग में रंगने का शौक हो गया,
    एक मां से दूर हूं तो मेरा जीवन दूसरी मां के लिए समर्पित हो गया|”

    Jai Hind

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