Service No : 4281978P
Birth Place : Patna dist (Bihar)
Last Rank: Havaldar
Unit: 16 Bihar
Arm/Regt: The Bihar Regiment
Operation : CI & IS Ops
Date of Martyrdom : 15 Jun 2020
Hav Sunil Kumar hailed from Taranagar village in Bihta tehsil of Patna district in Bihar. Son of Shri Vasudev Saw and Smt Rukmini Devi, Hav Sunil Kumar had a brother Anil Kumar who too served in the Army. After completing his school education he joined the Army in the year 2004 at the age of 18 years. He was recruited into 16 Bihar battalion of the Bihar Regiment, an infantry Regiment well known for its brave soldiers and various battle honours.
After a few years of service, Hav Sunil Kumar got married to Ms Riti Kumari and the couple had a daughter Sonali and two sons Ayush & Virat. By the year 2020, he had put in around 16 years of service and had served in various operational areas.
Operation Snow Leopard: 15 June 2020
During June 2020, Hav Sunil Kumar’s unit was deployed in eastern Ladakh close to the Line of Actual Control(LAC) as part of Operation Snow Leopard. Since early June the tension along the LAC was building up due to construction work in Galwan valley close to the road going from Leh to Daulat Beg Oldie. The Chinese had a serious objection to the construction of a bridge across the Galwan river into the Aksai Chin area. The area held strategic importance to India as well as China as it dominated the road from Leh to Daulat Beg Oldie an airstrip of great military significance to India. There had been many rounds of talks between senior military officials from both sides to diffuse the tensions. On 15 June 2020 night, hectic Chinese activities were noticed across the bridge in Galwan valley and the Indian Army decided to take up the matter with Chinese forces to ask them to respect the LAC and adhere to the position as agreed earlier during the talks.
Considering the gravity of the situation, Col Santosh Babu the Commanding Officer of 16 Bihar battalion deployed in the area decided to lead the negotiations. However, an altercation during the discussion raised the tempers leading to a scuffle. Soon the scuffle turned into a violent clash with the Chinese soldiers attacking Col Santosh Babu and his men with deadly clubs and rods. The Indian soldiers were greatly outnumbered and the Chinese soldiers seemed to be prepared for the attack. As the clashes escalated, Hav Sunil Kumar and other soldiers from the battalion too joined the beleaguered Indian troops to take on the Chinese soldiers. The clashes went on for many hours during which many Indian soldiers including Hav Sunil Kumar got seriously injured. Hav Sunil Kumar, the CO, Col Santosh Babu, and 18 other soldiers later succumbed to their injuries and were martyred. The other brave hearts included Nk Deepak Kumar, Naib Subedar Mandeep Singh, Nb Sub Nanduram Soren, Nb Sub Satnam Singh, Hav K Palani, Hav Bipul Roy, Sep Ganesh Hansda, Sep Ganesh Ram, Sep Chandan Kumar, Sep CK Pradhan, Sep Gurbinder Singh, Sep Aman Kumar, Sep Kundan Kumar, Sep Rajesh Orang, Sep KK Ojha, Sep Jai Kishore Singh, Sep Gurtej Singh, and Sep Ankush. Hav Sunil Kumar was a valiant and dedicated soldier who laid down his life in the line of his duty. Hav Sunil Kumar was given the gallantry award, “Sena Medal” on 26 Jan 2021 for his exceptional courage, devotion to duty, and supreme sacrifice.
Hav Sunil Kumar is survived by his father Shri Vasudev Saw, mother Smt Rukmini Devi, wife Smt Riti Kumari, daughter Sonali and two sons Ayush & Virat.
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