Date of Birth: 15 Oct 1996
Place of Birth: Madhepura (Bihar)
Last Rank : Captain
Unit : 18 Madras
Arm/Regt: The Madras Regiment
Operation : CI & IS Ops
Date of Martyrdom: 08 Nov 2020
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 from Sainik School Bhubaneshvar 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 his 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 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 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 Operation) 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 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 fire fight escalated, the soldiers from 18 Madras were rushed in take 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 gun shots 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 is survived by his father Shri Ravindra Yadav, mother Smt Geeta Devi and sisters Khushboo Kumari & Anshu Kumari.
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