Birth Place : Bijbehara , Kashmir
Last Rank: Lance Naik
Unit : 44 RR
Arm/Regt: J & K Light Infantry Regt
Date of Martyrdom : Feb 23, 2017
Lance Naik Ghulam Mohiuddin Rather hailed from Panjpora village in Bijbehara district of south Kashmir. Lance Naik Rather joined the Army in the year 2012 and was recruited into Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry Regiment. After serving for few years with his parent unit, Lance Naik Rather was deputed to serve with 44 Rashtriya Rifles battalion, deployed in J & K for counter-insurgency operations.
Lance Naik Rather was married to Shahzadi Akhter and the couple had a son named Aahil.
Shopian Attack: 23 Feb 2017
During Feb 2017, Lance Naik Rather’s unit was deployed in Shopian district of J & K and was engaged in operations against the militants on a regular basis. The unit had to maintain a high state of alert at all times with soldiers ready to undertake operations at very short notice. On 22 Feb 2017, the security forces had received specific information about the presence of some hardcore militants in Kungoo village in Shopian district of J & K. A decision was taken to launch a joint operation with elements of 44 RR and J & K Police SOG (Special Operation Group) on the night of 22/23 Feb 2017 to flush out the militants. As planned the joint assault team reached the suspected area in Kungoo village on the night of 22/23 Feb 2017 and launched the cordon and search operation. Lance Naik Rather was part of the assault team comprising other soldiers of 44 RR battalion and J & K Police.
However, the militants probably had been tipped off and could not be found in the village. The team consequently decided to return to the unit but when the team had reached Mulu Chitragam along the way, militants belonging to Hizb-ul-Mujahideen attacked the team. The militants launched the attack by firing indiscriminately at the convoy, leaving seven soldiers injured, including two officers. Though the attack was sudden, the troops quickly reorganized themselves and retaliated forcefully. However, during the heavy exchange of fire, several soldiers got injured. The injured soldiers were shifted to the Army Hospital, but three soldiers including Lance Naik Rather, Sepoy Vikas Singh Gurjar and Sapper Sreejith M J later succumbed to their injuries. Lance Naik Rather was a valiant soldier who laid down his life in the service of the nation following the highest traditions of the Indian Army.
Lance Naik Ghulam Mohiuddin Rather is survived by his wife Smt Shahzadi Akhter and his son Aahil.
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