Service No : IC57228P
Service : Army
Last Rank : Captain
Unit : 9 Grenadiers
Arm/Regt : The Grenadiers
Operation : CI & IS Ops
Awards : Shaurya Chakra
Martyrdom : March 12, 2001
Capt Hari Raj Kumar was commissioned into 9 Grenadiers battalion of the Grenadiers Regiment, an infantry Regiment known for its valiant soldiers and various battle honours. After completing his training he served in various operational areas and developed into a tough soldier and gritty officer who always led from the front. In the year 2000, he was given the gallantry award, “Shaurya Chakra” for his dauntless courage and leadership during a counter insurgency operation in Assam. After his tenure in Assam he was he deputed to serve with 12 RR battalion deployed in J&K for counter insurgency operations.
Banihal Operation : 12 March 2001
During 2001, Capt Hari Raj Kumar's unit 12 RR was deployed in Doda district of J&K. As the area of his unit’s operation was very volatile and prone to infiltration by militants, the unit had to maintain a strict vigil at all times and deployed armed patrols with regular frequency. The landmines along the patrol routes posed a serious danger to the troops and the Bomb Disposal Squad of the unit was often called upon to sanitize the routes. On 12 Mar 2001, Capt Hari Raj Kumar was leading one area domination patrol in the unit's AOR in Banihal area along with a Junior Commissioned Officer(JCO) Nb Sub Parveen Singh and few other soldiers.
Capt Hari Raj Kumar and his soldiers were traversing through the challenging terrain as per the planned patrol route. However as they reached Phagu village near Dulligam about 5 Kms from Banihal in Doda district, there was a massive blast around 1600 hrs. The blast was triggered by a remote controlled IED(Improvised Explosive Device) by the militants. It appeared that the militants had knowledge about the troops movement and had left the village after planting a powerful IED. The blast had a devastating effect, injuring Capt Hari Raj Kumar and his JCO Nb Sub Parveen Singh severely. They soon succumbed to their injuries and were martyred. Capt Hari Raj Kumar was a committed soldier and a fine officer, who laid down his life in the service of the nation.
The citation of "Shaurya Chakra" awarded to him reads:
On 07 May 2000, Capt Hari Rajkumar received information about some terrorists who had sought shelter in a house in village Pithaguri in Tinsukia, Assam. On 08 May at 0430 hrs, his column reached near a house in the suspected area and it was fired upon. Capt Hari Rajkumar engaged the terrorists and moved from man to man ensuring controlled and accurate engagement of the terrorists. He effectively engaged the terrorists and in a daring move eliminated two of them personally. The encounter resulted in the killing of five heavily armed terrorists.
Capt Hari Rajkumar displayed extraordinary, gallantry, courage, professional acumen and leadership qualities in the face of terrorists.