Date of Birth : 21 Jan 1987

Birth Place: Mumbai, (MH)

Service: Army

Last Rank: Captain

Unit : 80 Fd Regt(36 RR)

Arm/Regt : The Regt of Artillery

Service Years: 2009 - 2015

Operation : CI & IS Ops

Date of Martyrdom: Aug 7, 2015

Captain Prem Kumar Patil

Captain Prem Kumar Patil hailed from Maharashtra but grew up in the state of Gujarat. Son of Mr. Krishna Patil and Mrs. Radha Krishna Patil. Capt Prem Kumar had two brothers, Ashish and Manish. Capt Prem Kumar did his schooling in Vapi and went on to do his graduation and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Vallabh Vidyanagar in Gujarat. Capt  Patil joined NCC during his student days and that motivated him to join the Indian Army.

 

After his graduation, Capt Prem Kumar cleared the Combined Defence Services Exam and was selected to join the Army. He was commissioned into 80 Field Regt of the Regiment of Artillery. During his service from 2009 to 2014, Capt Prem Kumar was posted at Gangtok and Jodhpur, before being sent on deputation to 36 RR unit in J & K area.

 

Gurez Operation: 07 Aug 2015

 

During 2015, Capt Prem Kumar was serving with 36 RR battalion, deployed in Gurez sector of J & K for counter-insurgency operations. In August 2015, there were army intelligence reports of suspicious movements in the area of Gurez sector, situated near the Line of Control. Consequently, on 7th August 2015, a ‘Seek And Destroy Operation’ (SADO) was planned by the security forces in the Gurez sector. The operation was launched by the troops of 36 RR unit and Capt Prem Kumar was tasked to lead that operation.

 

Capt Prem Kumar swung into action along with his troops and reached the suspected area. Soon the troops spotted the unusual movement and moved forward to make contact. On being challenged the militants fired at the troops triggering a gun battle thereafter. During the operation, Capt Prem killed two terrorists and ordered his troops to continue searching for more terrorists hiding in the forest area. Meanwhile, there was continuous cross-border firing by Pakistani troops to provide cover to the infiltrating militants. But Capt Prem Kumar was undeterred and kept up the pressure on the militants by chasing them aggressively.

 

However as Capt Prem Kumar was chasing the militants and was rolling down a steep slope of 80 degrees, he lost control and fell down into the river Nausheranar flowing about 280 feet below and sustained serious injuries. He was rushed to a nearby hospital for medical attention but he later succumbed to his injuries. Capt Prem Kumar was a valiant soldier and a fine officer who led from the front like a true military leader. He laid down his life in the service of the nation and would always be remembered for his exceptional courage and steadfast devotion to his duty.

  • Thousands of people from all over the Vapi town joined cremation of martyr Captain Prem kumar Krishna Patil at Balitha crematorium. Indian Army officials paid tributes to Capt Patil when his body arrived at Vadodara Airport.
  • Shaheed Capt Prem Kumar was given the guard of honour in the presence of district collector of Valsad, among others. The guard of honour by 37 army jawans was headed by 36 RR’s officer Lieutenant Colonel Nandkumar. Major Sujay Matalik, Captain Yogesh and retired colonel Vinod also attended the funeral.
  • “Our family is proud of Prem for having laid down his life in the service of the country,” said Ashish, elder brother of Captain Patil.
  • “He had already killed two terrorists and was moving ahead to trace out other terrorists hidden in the forest area when he accidentally fell into the pit. We are proud that he fought bravely till his last breath”, his father said.
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10 Comments
  • Saurabh

    2017at5:40 pm Reply

    An excellent friend a better soldier

  • Philomina

    2017at11:43 am Reply

    My salute to and your family for the selfless service to the nation. Your supreme sacrifice will always be remembered. Jai Hind

  • Akshay

    2018at3:50 pm Reply

    RIP Brother, Sons like you is what Mother India thrives on.

  • Laxman Rao

    2018at11:10 am Reply

    Rest in peace brother.

  • Jobin Mathew

    2019at6:56 am Reply

    We were school mate, classmates, friends & he was a brother to me. And I am proud of him. RIP bro

  • Shyam Bora

    2019at2:47 pm Reply

    I’m proud of you, RIP
    I PROUD OF CAUSE WE ARE PART OF A FAMILY ….

  • Pk

    2019at1:16 pm Reply

    Jai hind

  • Rohak Raghan

    2020at12:50 pm Reply

    Salute to you sir

  • Vinay Patil

    2021at10:09 am Reply

    I respect the sacrifice Capt. Prem kumar you have made for us throughout your life. I feel the same not only when our country goes through the difficult time, but every time I see a uniform. You are our freedom fighters, our freedom – which you ensure. May god bless you and your family!

    One song cannot be avoided to sing:

    कर चले हम फिदा जान-ओ-तन साथियों अब तुम्हारे हवाले वतन साथियों.

  • Shailesh Patil

    2021at9:40 am Reply

    “We can live a normal life because we have Indian soldiers who are witnessing abnormal days every day to keep us safe and protected. Thank You for protecting us.”

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