Service No : 2901951M
Date of Birth : 1985
Place of birth : Mandi Dist (HP)
Service : Army
Last Rank : Rifleman
Arm/Regt : Assam Rifles
Operation : CI & IS Ops
Martyrdom : May 22, 2016
Rifleman Bhupender Kumar hailed from Seglagalu village of Mandi district in Himachal Pradesh and was born in the year 1985. After completing his school education, he joined the Assam Rifles. He was recruited into 29 Assam Rif Battalion of Assam Rifles, the oldest para-military force in India with its headquarters at Shillong.
Manipur Ambush: 22 May 2016
During 2016, Rfn Bhupender Kumar's unit 29 Assam Rif battalion, was deployed in Manipur for counter-insurgency operations. There had been increased militant activity in the border region of Manipur in the early part of the year 2015. In response to this, 1,463 km of an un-fenced border between Manipur and Myanmar had been sealed and the Army and paramilitary forces had launched a major counter-offensive against the militants which continued in the year 2016 too. Since the AOR ( Area Of Responsibility) of the battalion was affected by militant activity, the troops had to be on guard at all times. The unit was engaged in operations against the militants on a regular basis and Rfn Bhupender Kumar was part of many such operations.
On 22 May 2016, Rfn Bhupender Kumar as part of the Commandant's QRT (Quick Reaction Team) was tasked to assess a landslide area falling in the unit's AOR in Chandel district. A number of militants from NSCN(K), Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL) and Kanglapak Communist Party (KCP) were active in that area. As Rfn Bhupender Kumar and his comrades were returning after assessing the landslide area, the militants attacked them near the Shiv Mandir area about 15 kms from the Myanmar border, in a pre-planned move at around 1140 hrs. It was a three-vehicle convoy and the attack was directed at the first vehicle carrying Rfn Bhupender Kumar and five other soldiers. The soldiers swung into action and retaliated forcing the militants to flee. However, in the fierce exchange of fire, Rfn Bhupender Kumar and five other soldiers received gunshots and got severely injured. They soon succumbed to their injuries and were martyred. Besides Rfn Bhupender Kumar, the other five martyred brave hearts included Sub Baldev Kumar Sharma, Hav Susarjit Barla, Rifleman Akhilesh Kumar Pandey, Rifleman Mahesh Singh, and Rifleman Pawan Kumar Singh.
Rfn Bhupender Kumar was a valiant and committed soldier, who laid down his life at the age of 31 years in the service of the nation. Rfn Bhupender Kumar is survived by his wife, son and a daughter.