Service Number : 13606761

Date of Birth: 09 Apr 1948

Birth Place : Kullu, (HP)

Service: Army

Last Rank : Paratrooper

Unit : 4 Para (SF)

Arm/Regt : The Parachute Regiment

Date of Martyrdom : Dec 28, 1971

Paratrooper Kamlesh Kumar

Paratrooper Kamlesh Kumar hailed from the Sultanpur village of Kullu district in Himachal Pradesh and was born on 09th Apr 1948. Son of Shri Laxman Ram and Smt Jai Devi Sharma, Ptr Kamlesh Kumar had five sisters as his siblings. After his preliminary education, he joined the Army and was recruited into the  Parachute Regiment of the Indian army. Later on, he joined 4 Para Special Forces, the elite unit of the Indian Army raised in 1961.

 

Battle of Nagi: 27/28 Dec 1971

 

During Dec 1971 Ptr Kamlesh Kumar’s unit 4 Para was deployed on the western border in Rajasthan. Indo-Pak war of 1971 ended on 16 Dec 1971 with a decisive victory for Indian forces on the eastern front. Despite the cease-fire, Pakistani forces took a provocative step of occupying a Sand Dune in Nagi village located in Sri Karanpur Tehsil in Sri Ganga Nagar district of Rajasthan. The enemy forces had occupied the Indian territory probably with an intention to embarrass the Indian Army and avenge to a small degree the humiliation they had suffered in the war. 4 Para (SF) under the commando of 51 (Independent) Para Brigade of the Indian Army was tasked to evict the enemy forces and regain control of the area. It was decided to launch the attack with the elements of 4 Para, 9 Para field regiment, and 410 field company on 27 Dec 1971. Ptr Kamlesh Kumar was part of 4 Para troops tasked to undertake the attack.

 

As planned the attack was launched at 0400 hours on the dark, moonless night of 27/28 December by “C” Company of 4 Para. The enemy forces had fortified the area and it was dominated by heavy machine guns and mines. As the troops of “C” Company approached the Sand Dune, they faced heavy and devastatingly accurate Artillery fire from the Pakistan side. It was a very determined and aggressive attack by the enemy forces but the soldiers of 4 Para displayed exceptional courage and stood their ground. At the same time, 9 Para Field Regiment gave a befitting reply to the artillery barrage while 410 Field Company of the Corps of Engineers worked in tandem with the 4 Para troops to clear the minefield and obstacles laid by the enemy forces.

 

The troops of 4 Para continued their advance and finally succeeded in reclaiming the Nagi Sand Dune by 6 am on 28 Dec 1971. However, during the fierce battle, the 4 Para battalion suffered many casualties. Ptr Kamlesh Kumar and 20 other soldiers including three officers Maj Arun Kumar Kanal, Maj KJ Singh and 2nd Lt VRYR Dubbal later succumbed to their injuries and were martyred. The other fallen brave-hearts included Hav Tek Bahadur Gurung, Lance Hav Bala Ram Gurung, Hav Partap Singh, Nk Ganga Datta, L/Nk S Chellaiah, Ptr VD Varkey, Ptr Anand Singh, Ptr Anand Singh Bisht, Ptr Babu Ram, Ptr Bhim Bahadur Thapa, Ptr Gajendra Singh, Ptr Gaur Singh, Ptr Joseph PT, Ptr KP Udayan, Ptr Pritam Ram, Ptr Tej Singh and Gnr VP Maran. Ptr Kamlesh Kumar was a valiant soldier who laid down his life at the age of 23 years in the line of his duty. A Nagi war memorial, “Shaurya Sthal” has been erected at Nagi village to honour the martyrs of the Nagi battle. The Army commemorates ‘Nagi Day” every year in the memory of gallant soldiers who laid down their lives for the nation during the famous Battle of Nagi on 27-28 December 1971.

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10 Comments
  • Aayush Kumar

    2018at3:03 pm Reply

    from our native place :-), a grand salute to him.He remained unsung,forgotten by his native place,forgotten by his home district,leave aside his state but never forgotten by us,his unit and his Army,atleast won’t remain unsung online because of Honourpoint.

    • Shweta

      2018at10:45 am

      Very true .. he was forgotten by his own native place

  • Suraksha

    2018at4:27 pm Reply

    Your sacrifice will always be remembered and you will remain a hero for countless Indians. I salute you. Jai Hind..!

  • Gunjan Sharma

    2018at10:02 am Reply

    He was my mama( my mother’s brother) though never saw him..heard a lot about him from nani..we were not lucky enough to see him but very lucky that i am his niece. Very proud of him.

  • Shweta

    2018at10:43 am Reply

    He was my mama(my mother’s brother). I have never saw him but heard a lot from family . He is a hero of our family n we all are very proud oh him

  • Shweta

    2018at10:50 am Reply

    He was my mama(my mother’s brother). U have never saw him but heard a lot from the family . He is in our heart and we all are very proud of him

  • gunjan sharma

    2018at12:53 pm Reply

    Everything written here is true but this is not his photo.

    • Aayush Kumar

      2019at3:52 pm

      this photograph is from the Unit record,Army record 🙂

    • Shweta

      2020at4:37 pm

      Now , it’s d actual pic of mamu

  • Raju

    2020at11:14 am Reply

    Brave soldiers

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