Service No : IC-48171
Date of Birth: Aug 16, 1968
Last Rank: Captain
Unit: 9 Para
Arm/Regt : The Parachute Regiment
Operation : Op Rakshak (J&K)
Date of Martyrdom : Sep 15, 1995
During 1995, Captain Arun kumar Jasrotia’s unit was deployed in J & K area for anti insurgency operations. On 15 Sep 1995, Capt Arun’s unit had received credible information from intelligence sources about presence of 20 terrorists in a cave in Lolab valley. A decision was taken by the security forces to launch a search and destroy operation to nab the terrorists under the leadership of Capt Arun.
Capt Arun along with his troops swung into action and set off to an arduous climb towards the suspected hideout. After about nearly ten hours the team reached the general area at a height approximately 3000 meters in the Lolab Valley of Jammu & Kashmir. As the team came closer to the cave, they were attacked by the militants from well entrenched positions. Captain Arun , having realized the situation decided to face the terrorists himself and killed one with his commando knife. He killed one more terrorist with a hand grenade and lunged forward towards the cave.
While moving forward towards the cave Capt Arun got hit by a bullet in the shoulder and was grievously injured. But he refused to move back and in a rare show of courage, shot dead the terrorist who had fired at him. When he reached near the cave, he was hit by two more bullets in the gut and chest and collapsed. Inspired by his bravery and leadership, the troops attacked the militants with double vigour and aggression and eliminated all of them. Capt Arun was martyred and he was awarded the nation’s highest peace time gallantry award “Ashok Chakra” for his outstanding courage, devotion to duty and supreme sacrifice. Punjab government also conferred Captain Arun Kumar Jasrotia with the Nishan-e-Khalsa Award in 1999.
The citation for the Ashoka Chakra awarded to Capt Arun Kumar Jasrotia reads:
On 15th September 1995 Captain Jasrotia, SM of 9 PARA (SF) while leading his team in Lolab Valley, J&K came under heavy rocket and small arm fire. In order to extricate his men, this brave officer crawled forward and in-spite of being injured gravely killed one terrorist with his commando knife and neutralized the other terrorist by lobbing grenades. His brave and gallant action gave opportunity for his comrades to take cover and engage the remaining terrorists effectively. In the ensuing firefight the brave officer succumbed to his injuries. However in retaliation the commandos eliminated all remaining terrorists. For his gallant action Captain Arun Jasrotia was awarded with the highest peace time gallantry award of ASHOKA CHAKRA posthumously.