Place of Birth : Palpa dist, (Nepal)
Last Rank : Rifleman
Unit : 3/9 GR
Arm/Regt : 9 Gorkha Rifles
Date of Martyrdom : 20 Oct 2019
Rifleman Gamil Kumar Shrestha hailed from Rampur village in Palpa district of Nepal. Rfn Gamil Kumar after completing his school education joined the army in the year 2017 at the age of 19 years. He was recruited into 3/9 GR Bn of the 9 Gorkha Rifles Regiment, an infantry regiment with a long history of gallantry and battle honours. After completing his training he got posted to the field unit deployed in J&K as his first assignment.
LOC Firing (Tangdhar Sector): 20 Oct 2019
During 2019, Rfn Gamil Kumar’s unit 3/9 GR was deployed along the LOC in the Kupwara district of J&K. The LOC invariably remained highly active and volatile with ceasefire violations occurring very often and without any warning. Pakistan continued to violate the 2003 ceasefire agreement with India despite repeated calls for restraint and adherence to the pact during flag meetings between the two sides. In another case of ceasefire violation, Pakistani troops opened unprovoked fire in sector along the LOC on 20 Oct 2019.
Pakistan Army troops initiated unprovoked firing on Indian posts from across the border in Tangdhar sector. During that period, Rfn Gamil Kumar’s unit, 3/9 GR was manning the forward posts along the Line of Control in the Tangdhar sector. The Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire and resorted to heavy cross border shelling of various Indian Army posts and civilian areas. Indian army responded in a befitting manner to the Pakistani aggression and consequently, a heavy exchange of fire ensued thereafter, which continued intermittently for several hours. However, during this cross border shelling, Rfn Gamil Kumar got severely injured and was shifted to the nearby field hospital. However, he later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred.
Rifleman Gamil Kumar Shrestha was a brave and committed soldier who laid down his life in the line of his duty. He is survived by his parents.
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