Service No : IC-78545K

Date of Birth : Jan 15, 1993

Birth Place : Jind ,Haryana

Service: Army

Last Rank: Captain

Unit : 10 Para (SF)/7 Dogra

Regiment : The Dogra Regiment

Awards : Shaurya Chakra

Date of Martyrdom: Feb 21, 2016

Captain Pawan Kumar SC

Capt Pawan Kumar was born on January 15, 1993 and hailed from Badhana village in Jind district of Haryana. The only son of Shri Rajbir Singh and Smt Kamlesh, Capt Pawan Kumar was born on the Indian Army Day (15 Jan). He nursed the idea of joining the Armed Forces since his younger days. He continued to pursued his dream and eventually and got selected to join the prestigious NDA after his schooling. He graduated from the 123 course of the National Defence Academy and joined the Army on December 14, 2013. He got commissioned into 7 Dogra of the Dogra Regiment, an infantry Regiment known for its gallant soldiers and numerous battle exploits.


Capt Pawan Kumar was a die hard soldier and loved adventurous life. Consequently he volunteered to join the elite special forces and got trained as a para commando. In June 2015, he eventually joined 10 Para(SF) battalion, the elite force known as “Desert Scorpions” as officers and jawans of this unit were trained specially for desert warfare. Donning maroon beret and “Balidan” badge, Capt Pawan Kumar was proud to be part of the force that had men of steel, whose physical and mental toughness was beyond compare.


Pampore Operation: 20 Feb 2016


During 2016, Capt Pawan Kumar was serving with 10 Par (SF) deployed in J& K for counter insurgency operations. On 20 February 2016, 4 Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists armed with AK-47 Assault rifles, hand grenades and explosives attacked a CRPF convoy on the main road linking Srinagar to Jammu, killing two policemen and a civilian. The militants then took refuge in the government-run multi-storey “Entrepreneurship Development Institute” in Pampore. The security forces with elements of Army and Central Reserve Police Force rose to the occasion and cordoned off the building in a joint operation to evacuate civilians from the building.


The main objective of the security forces was to evacuate civilians to safety. However the militants responded with automatic gunfire and hand grenades. A fierce gun battle ensued thereafter with heavy exchange of fire from both sides. Leading from the front, Capt Pawan reached the top floor, firing on the door and the window of the room in which the militants were holed up. As he kicked the door to lob a hand grenade inside, a hidden terrorist shot him from close range. Undeterred by his grievous injuries and refusing evacuation, Capt Pawan kept firing at the terrorist and killed him. He also killed another terrorist who was aiming to fire at his men. This gallant action by Capt Pawan Kumar saved the lives of his comrades and set the stage for the elimination of remaining terrorists. He later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred, but his gallant action paved the way for the security forces to complete the operation successful. Capt Pawan Kumar was a committed soldier and a brave officer who laid down his life at the age of 23 years in the service of the nation. Capt Pawan Kumar was given the gallantry award, “Shaurya Chakra”  on 15th Aug 2016 for his exceptional courage, fighting spirit and supreme sacrifice.


Capt Pawan Kumar is survived by his father Shri Rajbir Singh and mother Smt Kamlesh.

Capt Pawan Kumar’s last Facebook post read, “Kisiko reservation chahiye to kisiko azadi bhai. Humein kuchh nahin chahiye bhai. Bas apni razai”.

(Some want reservation and some want independence. I do not want anything, except my blanket.)

  • After hearing about his son’s death, Capt Pawan Kumar’s father Shri Rajbir Singh’s said , “I had one child, I gave him to the Army, to the nation. No father can be prouder.” “He was destined to be in the Army as he was born on Army Day,” he added.
  • “Capt Pawan Kumar was a young and a dynamic officer, He was a true commander”, Lt. Gen. S.K. Dua, General Officer Commanding of Udhampur based 15 Corps said after paying respects to his mortal remains.
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  • Saurabh Bakshi

    2019at12:00 am Reply

    sir you are only 25 years old… and you are a brave solider one man Army ….. Am a salute u Am proud of you…. JAI HIND

    • Sneha

      2020at11:38 pm

      *23 years

  • Capt. Prateek Chahal (Para SF 9)

    2019at7:19 pm Reply

    He is my like close brother and my friend ….. we lost Capt. Pawan..
    when our running start 2 pm late night he is always saying don’t give up.. …pawnnu Bhai we miss u … U leave ..

    • bala murugan

      2020at7:29 am

      I feel very sad for your death. God protect your family.

    • Sarthak singh

      2021at2:20 am

      Jai hind sir

  • Rahul Choudhary

    2019at4:23 pm Reply

    I want contact no. of Martyr Captain Pawan Kumar’s Father Sh. Rajbir Singh

  • Mohit potbhare

    2020at11:02 pm Reply

    U are inspiration for coming generations u wil be hero of our youngsters…god rest your soul in peace…..long live cpt pawan kumar ….hum chuk gye warna hum b aaj SF m hote bs jindgi humare maje le gyi

  • Indian

    2020at2:58 pm Reply

    How can a man die better than facing fearful odds for the ashes of his father and the temples of his gods

  • Deepak Kumar Mishra

    2020at12:19 am Reply

    I had been to Kashmir, Was going from Srinagar to Betab Valley, felt asleep in my cab.. but at a sudden when I opened my eyes. we were just crossing Entrepreneurship Development Institute in Pampore.. It was just on the road to our right.. a white and green colored wounded building with marks of some gun shot, smoke, fire and other blasts..
    It reminded me of you.. I don’t know you personally.. but you were there in my mind.. and I had seen the first incident of EDI Pampore in TV..

    I made the cab driver stop the cab.. He was no interested and told it is risky to stop there.. But I forced him.. paid my homage . People were looking at me strangely.. But I did not care.. My brothers had fought bravely there eliminating all terrorists..

    Later I saw that building again after few years.. when during the 2nd operation it was completely demolished..

    जय हिंद, जय हिंद की सेना

  • Sh.Rajbir singh

    2020at9:54 pm Reply


  • Damini jaiswal

    2021at12:34 pm Reply

    Pawan Bhaiya Wish you a Very happy birthday…. I never seen u, never met u, u also never met me. But I always feel u r my elder brother. Because u protect me when u alive. Nd u always in my heart. I am Defence aspirant. One day we met u in heaven … Because I want to became ur sister in my next life. Nd I want we both join army again ❤… I am very lucky…. Mera childhood, meri young age ap jaise veeron ki shaurya gathaon ko sun kr beet ra… Pawan bhaiya ap jaha bhi ho happy raho… Next life me we born as siblings nd then join army again… Fir krenge sath me encounters nd transfer of terrorist to 72 hoora…. U r single child of ur parents… Nd u make proud whole india . Love you Pawan Bhaiya our great great captain ❤…. We miss you alot❤… Hope so ap kahin se ye msg pdh lo… Nd blessings do meko… Ki mera selection bahut jldi ho jaye… I know by body nhi ho ap pass but by soul ap always ho yahi ❤… Wish you again a very happy birthday bhaiya ❤…. Jai hind

    • हेमांग शर्मा

      2021at3:31 pm

      अगर ऐसा है तो आप इस जन्म मै ही कैप्टन पवन साहब के माता पिता को इस बात का एहसास होने दे की उनकी एक बेटी भी है,जो उनका खयाल रख सकती है।
      शहीद तो अपना काम कर गए।समाज को ये दिखाना है की वो अपना काम करेगा,अपने शहीदों के परिवार को उनकी कमी कम से कम महसूस होने देगा।
      ना भूलेंगे न भूलने देंगे।

  • Ravi

    2021at9:41 am Reply

    A great soldier with great heart

  • Ashok

    2021at6:43 pm Reply

    Bro you are the legend ….,.
    I was in the college when i listen about you ….
    The there was a sahidi diwas was celeberated in our college
    That day j was committed to go in defence ….
    Then i was selected for veternary surgeon..
    But i left left that and joined defence in indian air force . ..
    Jai hind bde bhai ..
    I always remember u

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