Service no: SS-43842Y
Date of Birth: Aug 28, 1985
Place of Birth: Samba (J&K)
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Unit : 18 Grenadiers/ASC
Arm/Regt : ASC
Award : Kirti Chakra
Date of Martyrdom : Sep 28, 2011
Lieutenant Sushil Khajuria was born on 28 Aug 1985 in Samba in Jammu and Kashmir. Son of an army veteran Nb Sub Som Datt Khajuria, Lt Khajuria completed his schooling from Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1, Gandhi Nagar, Jammu. He was second among four siblings with elder brother Anil, younger brother Sunil and sister Deepika. He joined the Officers’ Training Academy (OTA) after completing his graduation and was commissioned into the Army Service Corps on 20 March 2010. A second generation officer, Lt Sushil Khajuria’s both brothers and sister too joined the Armed Forces. Currently his elder brother Anil Khajuria is serving in the Army in the rank of Colonel, while sister Deepika is serving in the IAF.
Lt Sushil Khajuria though commissioned into ASC was deputed to 18 Grenadiers unit deployed in J&K as his first operational assignment. Lieutenant Sushil Khajuria joined the unit at Panzgam on 14 April 2010. He was made the Ghatak Platoon Commander from the beginning and was soon in combat, conducting counter-terrorist operations in the treacherous mountainous terrain of the frontiers of Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir. His first real encounter was on 29 July 2011, where he gave an excellent account of himself and the battalion was successful in neutralizing one hardcore terrorist.
Kupwara Operation: 27 Sep 2011
On 27 September 2011, Lt Sushil Khajuria was leading his team in a rugged and difficult terrain with steep slopes and thick undergrowth, simultaneously, coordinating movements with four other teams based on specific input by higher formation headquarters and a neighboring formation about the presence of an infiltration column of approximately 5 to 6 terrorists in the general area of Kopra,in Kupwara district.
The teams were launched on a search and destroy mission to deal with the terrorists. While scouting a nullah, his team came under heavy fire. With his buddy having pinned down by the terrorist fire and realizing that the terrorists were entrenched in an advantageous position behind a big rock, Lt Sushil Khajuria crawled through thick foliage to a flank and spotted the terrorists under covering fire from his team. Unmindful of his personal safety, he charged at the terrorists, up the slope, killing two of them.
During the operation Hav Ravi Kumar, the leading scout of another team got shot by the terrorists at around 10.30 hrs and was severely injured. Hav Kumar could not move, under fire from the terrorists. Lieutenant Sushil Khajuria then volunteered to retrieve the injured Hav Ravi Kumar. While crawling towards Hav, Lt Sushil Khajuria was fired upon by a terrorist and was severely injured. Lt Khajuria later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. For his act of conspicuous gallantry, exceptional leadership and camaraderie Lt Sushil Khajuria was given the nation’s second highest gallantry award during peacetime, the “Kirti Chakra”.
Lt Sushil Khajuria is survived by his father Nb Sub Som Datt Khajuria (Retd), mother, brothers Col Anil Khajuria & Sunil Khajuria and sister Deepika.
The Citation of Kirti Chakra awarded to Lt Sushil Khajuria reads:-
Lieutenant Sushil Khajuria KC, while leading his team in a search operation in the main area in district Kupwara, Jammu and Kashmir came face to face with two terrorists. Displaying exceptional presence of mind he opened fire on them allowing his team to take cover. In the prolonged firefight, the officer advanced from cover to cover and with unflinching resoluteness and raw courage, closed in and eliminated the terrorist from close range. The other terrorist brought down intense fire on the team. Sensing danger, the officer exhibiting conspicuous bravery of highest order immediately engaged and forced the terrorist to retreat. He pursued the terrorist, using the difficult folds in the ground, approached from an unexpected direction and personally eliminated the second terrorist.
The officer, displaying exceptional sense of responsibility and camaraderie as a true leader unmindful of his personal safety immediately crawled forward to evacuate one of his injured colleague upholding the highest traditions of the Indian Army. For his act of conspicuous gallantry, exceptional leadership and camaraderie in the highest traditions of Army, Lt Sushil Khajuria is recommended for the award of ‘Kirti Chakra’ (Posthumous)’.
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