Place of Birth : Ajmer dist (Raj)
Last Rank : Grenadier
Unit: 4 Grenadiers
Arm/Regt: The Grenadiers
Date of Martyrdom : 01 Sep 2019
Grenadier Hemraj Jat hailed from Bhadoon village of Roopangarh Tehsil in Ajmer district of Rajasthan. Gdr Hemraj Jat joined the Indian Army in 2017 at the age of twenty-one years. He was inducted into 4 Grenadiers of the Grenadiers Regiment, an Infantry Regiment known for its intrepid soldiers and various battle honours.
LOC Firing (Poonch Sector): 01 Sept 2019
During 2019, Gdr Hemraj Jat’s unit 4 Grenadiers was deployed along the LOC in Poonch sector of J&K. The LOC invariably remained highly active and volatile with ceasefire violations occurring very often and without any warning. Pakistan continued to violate the 2003 ceasefire agreement with India despite repeated calls for restraint and adherence to the pact during flag meetings between the two sides. In another case of ceasefire violation, Pakistani troops opened unprovoked fire in Poonch sector along the LoC on 01 Sept 2019.
On 1st Sept 2019, Pakistan Army troops initiated unprovoked firing on Indian posts from across the border in Poonch sector. During that period, Gdr Hemraj Jat’s unit, 4 Grenadiers was manning the forward posts along the Line of Control in the Poonch sector. The Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire and resorted to heavy cross border shelling of various Indian Army posts and civilian areas. Indian army responded in a befitting manner to the Pakistani aggression and consequently, a heavy exchange of fire ensued thereafter, which continued intermittently for several hours. However, during this cross border shelling, Gdr Hemraj Jat got severely injured by shell splinters.
Gdr Hemraj Jat was immediately evacuated to the military hospital for specialized treatment. However, Gdr Hemraj Jat lost the battle for life in the hospital and succumbed to his injuries on 1st Sept 2019. Gdr Hemraj Jat was a valiant and committed soldier who laid down his life at the age of 23 years in the service of the nation. Gdr Hemraj Jat is survived by his parents.
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