place of Birth : Sirsa, Haryana
Date of Birth: Aug 27,1989
Last Rank : Captain
Unit : 3 Ladakh Scouts
Arm/Regt : Army Medical Corps
Award : Sena Medal
Date of Martyrdom :13 Nov 2015.
Captain Ashwani Kumar was born on 27 August 1989, in Firozabad village of Rania Tehsil in Sirsa district of Haryana. Son of Mr Anokhe Lal, a retired railway employee , Capt Ashwani was the second among the three siblings. Capt Ashwani completed his MBBS from Government Medical College at Patiala and became the first member of his family to become a doctor. Besides becoming a doctor, Capt Ashwani also nursed the dream of serving in the Armed Forces.
Consequently Capt Ashwani Kumar joined the Army as a medical officer on 06 Jan 2015 and was later posted to 403 Field Hospital. Thus Capt Ashwani not only became the first doctor but also the first Army officer in his family.
Siachen Glacier Avalanche : 13 Nov 2015
During Nov 2015, Capt Ashwani Kumar was deployed in Saltoro ridge in Siachen glacier in Ladakh region of Jammu & Kashmir. Siachen is the second longest glacier in the world and is known as the world’s highest battleground, situated at an altitude of 5,700 meters. The extreme low temperatures – which can drop to minus 60 degrees Celsius during winter – has claimed hundreds of lives since 1984, when India and Pakistan stationed their troops on the Glacier. The soldiers at the Saltoro ridge located about 20 Kms north west of Siachen have to fight not only the treacherous enemy but the extreme hostile weather too on a daily basis. Capt Ashwani was in-charge of the medicare facility that is so crucial for the survival of the soldiers fighting the extreme weather conditions.
On 13th of Nov 2015, the troops of 3 Ladakh Scouts as part of their patrol were moving downhill near Manjit post around 6 pm in the evening. Capt Ashwani was also part of team carrying out the operational task. Suddenly the team got struck by a deadly avalanche triggered by heavy snow fall and around 15 soldiers along with Capt Ashwani Kumar got trapped under tons of snow. Immediately a massive rescue operation was launched by the Army, but Capt Ashwani could not be saved. Capt Ashwani Kumar was a valiant and committed soldier who laid down his life at the age of 26 yrs in the service of the nation. He was given the gallantry award, “Sena Medal” posthumously for his courage, devotion to duty and supreme sacrifice.
Capt Ashwini Kumar is survived by his father, mother and brother Ashutosh.
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