Service No : JC-571195H
Place of Birth : Mandi dist, (HP)
Service : Army
Last Rank : Naib Subedar
Unit : 30 RR
Arm/Regt : The Mahar Regiment
Operation : Op Rakshak
Award : Kirti Chakra
Date of Martyrdom : Oct 28,2014
Naib Subedar Rajesh Kumar hailed from Tihra village in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. After completing his studies he joined the Indian Army and was inducted into the Mahar Regiment, a regiment known for its gallant soldiers and numerous battle exploits.
After serving for a couple of years with his parent unit, Naib Sub Rajesh Kumar was deputed to serve with 30 Rashtriya Rifles battalion deployed in J & K for counterinsurgency operations.
During 2014, Nb Sub Rajesh Kumar’s unit was deployed in Kupwara district of J&K and was engaged in operations against the militants on a regular basis. On 27 Oct 2014, Nb Sub Rajesh Kumar’s unit received information from the intelligence sources about the infiltration bid by some hard core terrorists in Wadarbala forest falling in its AOR(Area of Responsibility). It was decided by the unit to launch a patrol for search and cordon operation to track and nab the terrorists. As planned in the early morning of 28th Oct 2014, the patrol led by Nb Sub Rajesh Kumar launched the search operation in the suspected area.
Soon the patrol spotted the infiltrators who fired at the troops on being challenged. A gun battle ensued thereafter and the militants taking advantage of the thick forest tried to escape. On seeing the militants trying to flee, Nb Sub Rajesh Kumar quickly redeployed his patrol and made a dash across the steep slopes of Wadarbala Forest to block the Nullah through which terrorists were trying to escape. The terrorists in desperation started firing indiscriminately at close range. But Nb Sub Rajesh Kumar with utter disregard to his personal safety crawled forward and killed one terrorist. The other terrorists were holed up under a rock. Determined to eliminate them, Nb Sub Rajesh Kumar continued to close in. Sensing grave threat, the two terrorists charged upon Nb Sub Rajesh Kumar but despite his injury, he eliminated one more terrorist before making the supreme sacrifice.
Nb Sub Rajesh Kumar was given the nation’s second highest peace time gallantry award, “Kirti Chakra” for his grit, determination, fighting spirit and devotion to duty. Nb Sub Rajesh Kumar is survived by his wife Nisha Devi.
The Citation for Kirti Chakra awarded to him reads :
On 28 Oct, 2014 at 0600 hours during a search & destroy operation in Wadarbala Forest of kupwara district of Jammu & Kashmir, Naib Subedar Rajesh Kumar made a dash across the steep slopes of Wadarbala Forest and blocked the Nala through which terrorists were escaping. The terrorists opened indiscriminate fire at close range. In a display of raw courage and utter disregard to his personal safety, he crawled forward and killed one terrorist. Remaining terrorists were holed up under a rock. Determined to eliminate them, Naib Subedar Rajesh Kumar continued to close in. In a desperate attempt, two terrorists charged upon him. In spite of his injury, Naib Subedar Rajesh Kumar eliminated one more terrorist before making the supreme sacrifice.
Naib Subedar Rajesh Kumar displayed gallantry of the highest order and made the supreme sacrifice while fighting with the terrorists.
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Aayush Kumar2018at12:47 pm
a great soldier,an officer from the 14 Mahar who is a good friend of mine told me about his legacy,what respect he had in the unit.Koti koti naman!!!
Archna Thakur2021at3:50 pm
Mere bde bhai the wo