Service No : IC-71925A
Date of Birth : April 25, 1986
Place of birth : Jammu (J&K)
Service : Army
Last Rank : Major
Unit : 9 (I) R&O Flt
Arm/Regt : Army Aviation Corps
Operation : CI & IS Ops
Martyrdom : September 21, 2021
Major Rohit Kumar was born in Jammu on 25 April 1986, but later his family settled down in Noida in Utttar Pradesh. Son of an army veteran Capt Kamal Kumar Chajgotra & Smt Rajni Chajgotra, Maj Rohit Kumar wanted to join the armed forces right from his childhood. Following his dream, he got selected to join the army and went to the Indian Military Academy. He got commissioned as a Lieutenant and got posted to a field area as his first assignment. Later he opted for the Army Aviation Corps and got trained as a helicopter pilot.
After serving for sometime, he got married to Ms Shikha and the couple had a daughter Shaarvi. By 2021, he had put in over 10 years of service and developed into a professionally competent Helicopter pilot with expertise in various air operations.
Army Air Operation: 21 Sep 2021
During Sep 2021, Maj Rohit Kumar was serving with 9 (Independent) Recce and Observations Flight under the Army base at Nagrota in J&K. On 21 Sep 2021, Maj Rohit Kumar was tasked for an operational mission along with his co-pilot Maj Anuj Rajput. The crew took off in their Cheetah Helicopter to carry out the assigned task as per the operational plan. However as Maj Rohit Kumar reached Shiv Garh village in Patnitop area of Seoj Dhar, the Helicopter faced emergency situation and had to be forced-landed in a wooded area. Maj Rohit Kumar along with his co-pilot Maj Anuj Rajput using their professional skills tried their best for a safe landing but could not succeed owing to the fog and bad weather.
Consequently the Helicopter crashed severely injuring the aircrew. Maj Rohit Kumar along with his co-pilot Maj Anuj Rajput was evacuated to the Command Hospital Udhampur for treatment but they succumbed to their injuries and were martyred. Maj Rohit Kumar was a valiant soldier and a competent pilot, who at the age of 35 laid down his life in the service of the nation.
Maj Rohit Kumar is survived by his father Capt Kamal Kumar Chajgotra(Retd), mother Smt Rajni Chajgotraparents, wife Smt Shikha and daughter Shaarvi.