Service No: SS-36999
Place of Birth: Allahabad,UP
Last Rank: Major
Unit : 17 Para Fd Regt
Arm/Regt : The Parachute Regiment
Award : Shaurya Chakra
Date of Martyrdom : Oct 04,2001
Major Vijit Kumar hailed from Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh. Son of Mr Murli Mohan Singh, Major Vijit Kumar joined the Army and was commissioned into the famed Parachute Regiment, a regiment known for its intrepid soldiers and daredevil operations in challenging conditions.
During 2001, Maj Vijit Kumar’s unit was deployed in Assam for counter insurgency operations. On 4th October 2001, his unit received reports about the presence of insurgents belonging to NSCN(IM) cadre near Assam-Manipur border. NSCN(IM) was a faction of National Socialist Council of Nagaland, whose objective was to establish a Sovereign, Naga State by unifying all the Naga-inhabited areas in the North East of India. The organisation had armed rebels who were engaged in anti national activities. Based on the intelligence reports it was decided to launch a search and destroy operation to deal with the insurgents under the leadership of Maj Vijit Kumar. As planned Maj Vijit Kumar reached the designated place along with his team and cordoned off the suspected area.
Whilst the search operation was underway, the team came under attack from the insurgents. Displaying extraordinary leadership and courage, Maj Vijit Kumar quickly redeployed the troops and and charged towards the militants. He in a swift action killed one militant and injured two, forcing them to leave their positions. In the continued action one of the injured militants was about to shoot at his buddy when Maj Vijit Kumar charged towards the militant and drew fire on himself. He was severely injured but manged to kill the militants who posed danger before collapsing on the ground. He later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. He was given the gallantry award, “Shaurya Chakra” for his bravery, grit, fighting spirit and supreme sacrifice.
Citation for the “Shaurya Chakra” awarded to him reads:-
On 04 Oct 2001, Maj Vijit Kumar was the leading scout in seek and destroy operation against a group of NSCN(IM) CADRE in Assam Manipur border. On approaching a village the patrol was ambushed. Displaying an extraordinary temperament and steel nerves the officer, fired back and charged towards the militants. During the counter ambush assault by the officer, one militant was killed and two injured, forcing them to leave their positions, In the continued action one of the injured militant was about to shoot at his buddy when the officer charged towards the militant and drew fire on himself. The officer was fatally injured but did not succumb to his injuries till he killed the militants who posed danger to own troops.
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