Place of Birth : Kolhapur,MH
Service : Army
Last Rank : Naik
Unit : 22 Maratha LI
Arm/Regt : The Maratha Light Infantry
Date of Martyrdom : Nov 7,2016
Naik Tupare Rajendra was born in the year 1983 in Karve village in Kolhapur district of Maharashtra. In 2002, Naik Tupare joined the Indian Army and was recruited into the Maratha Light Infantry, the regiment known for his valiant Soldiers and various battle honours. His first posting was at Belgaum located in Karnataka and later he served at various places during his 14 years service in the army.
During 2016, Naik Tupare Rajendra’s unit was deployed in the Line of Control in Poonch Sector of J &K. India shares around 3000 KM border with Pakistan in which 740 Km of LoC falls in Jammu & Kashmir. The LOC is highly active and volatile where cross-border firing occurs very often.
On 6th November the alert and vigilant troops of the Army observed some suspicious movements around midnight and challenged the infiltrating terrorists. The terrorists opened fire and tried sneaking back towards the Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) side of LoC. In the ensuing firefight Naik Tupare Rajendra and one more Sepoy suffered gunshot wound and succumbed to their injuries while being evacuated on 7th November. The 33 years old Naik Tupare Rajendra laid down his life in the service of the nation.
Naik Tupare Rajendra is survived by his wife Sharmila and two children Aryan and Vaibhav.
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