Service No: 13618411Y

Date of Birth : Oct 04, 1969

Place of Birth : Bhilai, Chattisgarh

Service: Army

Last Rank: Naik

Unit: 9 Para (SF)

Arm/Regt : The Parachute Regiment

Operation: Op Vijay (Kargil)

Award : VrC

Date of Martyrdom : Jul 25, 1999

Naik Kaushal Yadav VrC

Naik Kaushal Yadav hailed from Bhilai in Chattisgarh stat and was born on 4th October 1969. After completing his school education, he joined the army at the age of 19 years. He was recruited into the Parachute Regiment, an infantry Regiment well known for its very bold and daredevil operations. He later joined 9 Para(SF), raised in 1966 as 9th Parachute Commando Battalion and the oldest among the eight Para SF units of the Indian Army. After serving for a few years, he got married to Ms Nisha and the couple had a son Prateek.

 

Kargil war: 25 July 1999

 

During 1999, Naik Kaushal Yadav was deployed in Drass sector of Kargil under “Operation Vijay” that was launched as a response to large scale infiltration by Pakistani troops into Indian territory. on 25th July 1999 Naik Kaushal Yadav as squad commander of a team was tasked to capture Zulu top in Drass sector. The objective was at a height of 5100 meters with no approaches from their own side. The sheer vertical slopes made the cliff assault extremely difficult, which was further compounded by minus 15-degree temperature and extensive enemy minefields. Under such adverse conditions, Naik Kaushal Yadav’s squad was tasked to gain a foothold on top of Zulu Top from the western approach. Using his extraordinary mountaineering skills he led his squad and opened a route for his comrades to follow. 

 

Naik Kaushal Yadav realizing that the enemy was trying to evict him from his foothold, personally led his squad from the front for assaulting the well-entrenched enemy. On reaching the enemy fire position, he leapt forward towards the enemy with total disregard to his own safety lobbing grenades into their sanger and firing from the hip. The enemy was shocked by the ferocious charge and in a deadly exchange of fire at close quarters, Naik Kaushal Yadav personally eliminated five enemy soldiers. However during the heavy exchange of fire Naik Kaushal Yadav too got grievously wounded. He later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. Naik Kaushal Yadav was a gallant and committed soldier, who laid down his life in the line of his duty. He was given the gallantry award “Vir Chakra” for his outstanding valour, determination, devotion to duty and supreme sacrifice.

 

Naik Kaushal Yadav is survived by his mother Smt Dhanwanta Devi, wife Smt Nisha Yadav, son Prateek Yadav and two brothers Shri Rambachan Yadav and Shri Chandrajeet Yadav.

Citation for the Vir Chakra awarded to him reads:

 

Naik Kaushal Yadav was the squad commander of a team that was tasked to capture Zulu top on 25th July 1999 during Op Vijay. The objective was at a height of 5100 meters with no approaches from their own side. The sheer vertical slopes made the cliff assault extremely difficult, which was further compounded by minus 15-degree temperature and extensive enemy minefields. Under such adverse conditions, Naik Kaushal Yadav’s squad was tasked to gain a foothold on top of Zulu Top from the western approach. Using his extraordinary mountaineering skills he led his squad and opened a route for his comrades to follow.

 

Naik Kaushal Yadav realizing that the enemy was trying to evict him from his foothold personally led his squad from the front for assaulting the well-entrenched enemy. On reaching the enemy fire position he leapt forward towards the enemy with total disregard to his own safety lobbing grenades into their sanger and firing from the hip. The enemy was shocked by the ferocious charge and in a deadly exchange of fire at close quarters, Naik Kaushal Yadav personally killed five enemy soldiers. In the process, he too was grievously wounded and made the supreme sacrifice, but his action ensured the capture of Zulu Top.

Naik Kaushal Yadav displayed courage, bravery, vaour of the highest order, and made the supreme sacrifice.

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2 Comments
  • संजय कुमार

    2017at10:15 am Reply

    देश के वीर शहिदों को शत शत नमन – जय भारत माता की
    आपके द्वारा किया गया यह प्रयास सराहनीय है इसके लिए आपको बहुत बहुत हादिक शुभकामनाएं

  • Bijay Ranjan Sahu

    2020at8:49 am Reply

    Salute to the Braveheart warrior

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