Rfn Ravi Kumar hailed from the Samba district of Jammu & Kashmir. He joined the Army after completing his school education and was recruited into 14 JAK Rif of the Jammu and Kashmir Rifles Regiment, an infantry regiment known for its gallant soldiers and many successful operations. After serving with his parent unit for few years, he was deputed to serve with 31 RR battalion deployed in J & K area for counter-insurgency operations.
Bandipora Operation: 14 Feb 2017
During Feb 2017, Rfn Ravi Kumar’s unit was deployed in the Bandipora district of J&K. On 13 Feb, the unit received information from the intelligence sources about the presence of some hard core militants hiding in a locality falling in its AOR(Area of Responsibility). As a result, on the early morning of Feb 14, 2017, Rfn Ravi Kumar’s unit 31 Rashtriya Rifles, the Special Operation Group of J&K Police and the CRPF launched an operation in the Parray Mollah locality in Bandipora to nab militants hiding in a two-storeyed house. While the forces were conducting the search operation, the hiding militants fired upon them, and a fierce gun battle ensued thereafter.
During the heavy exchange of fire, fifteen security personnel including Rfn Ravi Kumar, Ptr Dharmendra Kumar, and Gunner Astosh Kumar got injured and they were airlifted to an army hospital in Srinagar. In this operation, several terrorists including one top LeT commander were neutralized. However, Rfn Ravi Kumar, Ptr Dharmendra Kumar, and Gunner Astosh Kumar later succumbed to their injuries and were martyred. Rfn Ravi Kumar was a brave and dedicated soldier who laid down his life in the service of the nation. Rfn Ravi Kumar was given the gallantry award, ‘Sena Medal” for his commendable courage, devotion to duty, and supreme sacrifice.
Rfn Ravi Kumar is survived by his wife Smt Esha Devi and daughter Rusani.
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Chunnilal shah2023at3:24 pm
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