Service No: IC -50443
Date of Birth : Dec 5 ,1969
Birth Place : Rohtak, Haryana
Last Rank : Major
Unit: 22 Grenadiers
Arm/Regt : The Grenadiers Regiment
Operation : Op Rakshak (J&K)
Award: AC , SC
Date of Martyrdom : Sep 16, 1994
The citation for the Ashoka Chakra :
On 16 September 1994, a search party under Major Rajiv Kumar Joon carried out cordon and search operation in village Arijan Dessar in district Ananthnag of Jammu and kashmir.
At 1300 hours Major Rajiv Kumar Joon discovered two militants hiding inside a house in a wall between the door and the calling of the room. The hiding militants were persuaded to come out but they sprang out of the hideout firing indiscriminately all over the room and at the search party located at the doorway, injuring a member of the search party.
Major Rajiv Kumar Joon, realising the gravity of the situation, immediately ordered his search party to. cover and engage the militants. The trapped militants jumped into the basement of the house and brought heavy volume of fire on the search party from on opening. Major Rajiv Kumar Joon, sensing that his comrades could not engage the well-entrenched militants effectively from their location, crawled up to the loophole on the outer side of the basement at great risk to his personal safety, lobbed two hand grenades into the loophole, and fired into it killing one hard core Pakistan trained militant. The other militant continued firing from the corner of the basement with renowed vigour.
at this moment, Major Rajiv Kumar Joon risking his life for the safety of his comrades daringly approached the loophole to effectively engage and neutralize the concealed militant. In this closest of the close encounters, the Major and the militant came face to face with each other. The latter having the advantage of darkness, fired at Major Rajiv Kumar Joon injuring him grievously on the throat damaging his chest.
Major Rajiv Kumar Joon, grievously wounded and profusely bleeding, refused to move back and in a final bid sprayed bullets all over the basement killing the militant, In this valiant act of extreme courage and sacrifice, Major Rajiv Kumar Joon single handley killed both the armed militants were later identified an Rashir Ahmed padar allias Nur-Ur- , self styled company commander of Hizbul Mujahideen and the of cabinet Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and