Birth Place: Siyunh village (HP)

Service: Army

Last Rank: Havildar

Regiment : Defence Security Corps

Date of Martyrdom : Jan 03, 2016

Havildar Sanjeev Kumar

Havildar Sanjeev Kumar was a brave soldier in the Indian Army who lost his life in the infamous Pathankot attacks. He was one among seven troops who sacrificed their lives defending the base.

 

Havildar Sanjeev Kumar was from Siyunh village in Himachal Pradesh. His father, Rattan Rana, had served in the army before him. He retired from the Army in 2009 and later on joined the Defence Security Corps (DSC) and was posted at the Pathankot air base. He was married to Pinki Devi and had three children, two daughters, and one son. They resided in Sehwan in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh.

 

PATHANKOT ATTACK: 02 JAN 2016

 

On 2nd January 2016, the Pathankot Air Force Station of the Indian Air Force was attacked by a heavily armed group. They were disguised in Indian Army uniforms and hid in the elephant grass. Upon infiltrating the base, they advanced towards the area where the high-value asset vehicles were kept but were soon intercepted by the Indian security forces. In the ensuing 15-hour gun battle, 4 attackers and two security force troops from the Defence Security Corps were killed along with one commando of the elite IAF’s special Garud unit, on the 3rd.

 

The following day, on the 4th of January, an explosion killed Lt. Col. Niranjan of the anti-terror force National Security Guard (NSG) during combing operations, and two others were injured. Shortly after, another explosion was reported. Five National Investigation Agency officials reached the airbase. Combing operations were conducted and the army, NSG, IAF, paramilitary forces and Punjab Police were all involved.

 

The operation went on until the 5th of January when the last attacker was reportedly neutralized. In the entire exchange, 7 security personnel, one civilian and 4-6 attackers were killed. The operation launched to eliminate this threat by the India Army was called ‘Operation Dhangu’. The militants were believed to belong to Jaish-e-Mohammed, an Islamic militant group.

 

Havildar Kumar was grievously injured in the attack and faced five bullets which hit him in the chest. He was taken to a military facility but soon succumbed to his injuries.

 

The brave soldier Havildar Kumar fought fearlessly and remained loyal to his country and stood by his men.

  • “It’s a tragedy not just for me but the entire nation. I may have lost my son but I can take pride as he fought the terrorists who had a plan to blow up the air force base and destabilise the nation. My sympathies for all men who lost their lives and did not allow the Pakistan-backed militants to harm the country. We are waiting for his body so that we could lay him to rest in the national tricolor,” said his father Rattan Singh, who like his son, had served the Army.
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