Service No: SS37096L

Date of Birth : 29 Oct 1974

Birth Place: Pune (dist) MH

Service: Army

Last Rank: Captain

Unit : 15 Jat

Arm/Regt : The Jat Regiment

Operation: CI & IS Ops

Awards : SM

Date of Martyrdom: Aug 30, 2000

Capt Hemant Prem Kumar SM

Captain Hemant Prem Kumar  was born on 29th October 1974 and hailed from Pune in Maharashtra. Born in a military family of Lt Col Joseph Prem Kumar and Mrs Priscilla, Capt Hemant nursed the idea of joining the armed forces since his childhood. He followed his dream and joined the army at the age of 23 years. He was commissioned on 5th Sep 1997 into 15 Jat battalion of the Jat Regiment, an infantry regiment well known for its gallant soldiers.


Manipur Operation: 30 Aug 2000


During 2000, Capt Hemant Prem Kumar’s unit was deployed in Temenglong district of Manipur. During that period Capt Hemant  was performing the duties of Adjudant as well as functioning as commander of the Ghatak platoon of the battalion. At that time a number of insurgents belonging to NSCN-IM (National Socialist Council of Nagaland) one of the factions of NSCN led by Isak Chishi Swu, were active in the AOR (area of responsibility) of the unit. Capt Hemant Kumar in a short span of time developed a strong intelligence network and undertook numerous operations against the insurgents in the area.


On 30th Aug 2000, Capt Hemant Kumar carried out one more counter-Insurgency operation in Temenglong bazar. After the successful operation, Capt Hemant Kumar & his comrades headed back to  the unit. The insurgents belonging to NSCN-IM faction in a pre-planned move attacked  Capt Hemant Kumar & his troops at around 1335 hours.  Capt Hemant Kumar was the primary target of the attack and he received direct hits in his chest, back & leg. However,  despite being injured Capt Hemant Kumar in a rare show of courage engaged the insurgents effectively. His gallant action forced the attackers to flee thereby saving in the lives of his troops. However,  Capt Hemant Kumar later succumbed to his  injuries and was martyred.


Capt Hemant Kumar displayed exceptional courage, leadership & camaraderie during the operation. He was given the gallantry award “Sena Medal” for his bravery and supreme sacrifice.  Capt Hemant Kumar is survived by his father an army veteran Lt Col Joseph Prem Kumar, mother Mrs Priscilla and younger brother Nishant.

  • He was the only officer in arms to be presented with a single plaque dedicated to an individual soldier by the 15th Battalion.
  • Before a mission to his men, he said, “Jo Maut se dare mere sang na chale,” meaning “Live dangerously die gloriously”.
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  • Nishant Prem Kumar

    2017at3:15 pm Reply

    Remembering my brother

    • Harminder singh

      2018at10:58 pm

      He Is a legend….you just can’t match him…nd he s alive for me

  • john sandesh

    2019at3:03 am Reply

    what a great soul! Respect!!

  • sukhdev singh

    2020at12:15 pm Reply

    Salute to a gallant soldier

  • K U Karumbiah

    2020at9:58 pm Reply

    Everything is still very much live in my eyes, was there to receive my martyred coursemate at leimakhong. Rest in peace buddy.

    • Nishant premkumar

      2022at9:27 pm

      Thank you so much sorry for the late reply did not realize if i can reply until now .. email me @

  • Harnarayan Yadav

    2021at10:54 pm Reply

    Today 16th September 2021, I heard this story from my mama ji Ret. ACP Naib Subedar Vikram Singh, he was there in the 3rd vehicle, actually there were 3 vehicles during attack , in first vehicle Capt Hemant Prem Kumar was there, he was driving the vehicle, in 2nd vehicle Machine gun was mounted, they were very near to unit (around 100 mts), 3-4 NSCN-IM militants suddenly ambushed, total 8 Army jawan Martyred.

    • Nishant premkumar

      2022at9:23 pm

      please correct your statement except Captain Hemant prem kumar. SM no one else was killed as Captain Hemant prem Kumar retaliated firing at the militants.

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