Place of Birth: Ranchi, Jharkand
Last Rank : Naik
Unit: 5 Bihar
Regiment: The Bihar Regiment
Date of Martyrdom : Mar 21,2018
Naik Ranjeet Khalho hailed from Ranchi in Jharkand. He had joined the Army in 2002 and was recruited into the Bihar Regiment, known for its fearless soldiers and numerous battle honours. Naik Ranjeet Khalho had served in various locations and participated in a number of operations in his 16 years of service. During 2018 his unit, 5 Bihar, was deployed in Kupwara District of J & K.
On 20 Mar 2018, the J & K police spotted a group of militants hiding in a mosque, located about 8 km into the Indian territory from the LOC. The militants had crossed two ridges of the Shamsabari mountain range and were headed into Kupwara town. The militants then tried running into the forest nearby, but were fired at by security forces. However the militants succeeded in escaping into the thick Halmatpora Forest Area in Kupwara District. The militants got holed up in natural caves offered by the mountain range in the area. The militants also fanned out in different directions to make it difficult for the security forces to engage them. An operation was launched by the security forces with a joint team of police, Army, the Territorial Army (TA) and the CRPF.
A fierce gun battle ensued thereafter lasting for over 48 hours. The joint assault team succeeded in eliminating five hard core militants during the operation. Besides the troops of para military forces, the joint team had soldiers from 160 Infantry Battalion of Territorial Army and 5 Bihar of the Bihar Regiment. However during the heavy exchange of fire, two soldiers of 160 Inf Bn, Naik Mohammad Ashraf Rather and Hav Jorabar Singh and one soldier of 5 Bihar, Naik Ranjit Khalkho got seriously injured and later succumbed to their injuries. Naik Ranjit Khalkho was a brave and committed soldier who laid down his life in the service of the nation.
Naik Ranjit Khalkho is survived by his parents, brother and three sisters.
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