Service No: 4001090X
Birth Place: Bhalwal, J & K
Rank: Lance Naik
Unit : 6 Dogra
Arm/Regt : The Dogra Regiment
Operation : CI & IS Ops
Date of Martyrdom: Jun 05, 2015
Lance Naik Kuldeep Raj was from village Barn in Bhalwal in Jammu and Kashmir. He belonged to a family of three brothers and a widowed sister. Lance Naik Kuldeep was the sole breadwinner of the family as his two brothers have been daily wage workers who wanted their younger brother to study. He was married and after three years of his marriage, they had a daughter.
He was part of the contingent of 6 Dogra Infantry Regiment which was attacked by militants in Manipur; he was martyred in that encounter.
Manipur ambush 2015 :
There had been militant activity in the border region of Manipur in the early part of the year 2015. In response to this, 1,463-km of an unfenced border between Manipur and Myanmar had been sealed and the Army and paramilitary forces had launched a major counter-offensive against the militants. On the 4th of June, a contingent of 6 Dogra was heading to the capital of Manipur, Imphal in a 4-vehicle convoy. While they were crossing the Chandel district, on the way, they were ambushed by militants. Tribal guerrillas fired rocket-propelled grenades and detonated improvised explosive devices on the convoy, killing 18 soldiers and injuring another 11 soldiers.
It is believed that the attack by militants on the convoy was planned by a joint group comprising of cadres from NSCN(K), Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL) and Kanglapak Communist Party (KCP). The well-trained militants had planned the ambush beforehand and they triggered a landmine when the military convoy reached the area between Paralong village and Charong village in Chandel district. They also attacked the convoy with heavy automatic weapon firing from vantage points and fired rockets and grenades. Most of the convoy, consisting of about 4 vehicles with 50 soldiers, was severely damaged and soldiers burnt to death on account of the blast. The few survivors were shot to death by the militants.
The incident was reported to be one of the most deadly attacks by militants in the area. Lance Naik Kuldeep Raj was one of the 18 brave soldiers who lost his life in this horrendous ambush. The martyrs of this incident were brought to their hometowns where they were cremated with full military honours. Hundreds of civilians and army personnel paid their tributes. The supreme sacrifice of Lance Naik Kuldeep Raj and his fellow soldiers will always be remembered.
L Nk Kuldeep Raj is survived by his two brothers, sister, wife, and daughter.
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