Date of Birth : 09 Apr 1998
Place of Birth : Solan, (HP)
Last Rank : Sepoy
Arm/Regt : The Dogra Regiment
Date of Martyrdom : 18 Nov 2019
Sepoy Manish Kumar was born on 09 April 1998 and hailed from Dochi village in Arki tehsil of Solan district in Himachal Pradesh. After completing his school education, Sep Manish Kumar joined the army on 12 Dec 2017 at the age of 19 years. He was recruited into the Dogra Regiment, an infantry regiment known for its gallant soldiers and numerous battle honours.
Siachen Glacier Avalanche : 18 Nov 2019
During Nov 2019, Sep Manish Kumar’s unit was deployed in the northern sector of the Siachen glacier in J & K. This sector was one of the most remote parts of the glacier and remained inaccessible during winter. The troops besides manning designated posts also operated regular patrols to monitor the area along the border. Sep Manish Kumar along with Nk Maninder, Sep Veerpal Singh, and Sep Dimpal Kumar was on one such patrol on 18th Nov 2019. While the patrol team was traversing through the snow-clad terrain a horrific avalanche struck giving them very little time to take any action. The soldiers faced extreme risks in manning the inhospitable terrain at heights of 19,000 feet under extreme weather conditions on the world’s highest battlefield. Avalanches usually take place due to the accumulation of snow and are triggered by morning sunlight. In other cases, when the slope of accumulated snow is between 60 to 80 degrees, the instability leads to an avalanche. Although the Army had a unit of the Snow Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) in Jammu and Kashmir, with several observatories at various locations to issue warnings and alerts to the Army formations and units, it could not detect this avalanche.
The rescue operation was launched by the army with a team equipped with specialized types of equipment. However, the soldiers had got buried under tons of snow and could not be saved. Sep Manish Kumar was a gallant and committed soldier who laid down his life at the age of 21-years in the line of his duty. He is survived by mother Smt Meera Kumari.
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