Service No : 3181740

Place of birth : Muzaffarnagar, UP

Service : Army

Last Rank : Sepoy

Unit : 4 JAT

Arm/Regt : The JAT Regiment

Operation : Op Vijay

Martyrdom : June 5, 1999

Sep N S Rathi

Sep Narendra Singh Rathi hailed from Itawa village in Budhana tehsil of Muzaffarnagar district in Uttar Pradesh. After completing his school education he joined army in 1987 and was recruited into the 4 Jat Battalion of the famed Jat Regiment, a regiment known for its fearless soldiers and numerous battle exploits.

 

Kargil war(Kaksar Sector) : 5th Jun 1999

 

During the Kargil war, Sep N S Rathi’s unit 4 Jat was deployed in Kaksar Sector along the LOC. The terrain in the Kaksar area was generally glaciated with heights ranging more than 15000 feet. The main ridge in the area comprised of Point 5608, Point 5605 and Point 5280 Spur junction and the approach to the main ridge was very difficult. 4 Jat battalion was functioning under the control of 121(I) Brigade along with JAK Rifles which was placed under the Brigade on 5th Jun1999. The operational plan was to evict the enemy forces and recapture Point 5608, Point 5605 and Point 5280 Spur junction on the main ridge line.

 

The razor-sharp ridge-lines in the Kaksar sector, located at an average height of 17,500 feet were very challenging to build up logistics for launching the offense. The preliminary operations were planned to be launched on 28 June 1999. As part of preparation for the launch of operations on 28 June, a number of reconnaissance patrols were planned to assess the situation. Sep N S Rathi was part of one such patrol on 5th Jun 1999. The patrol team had to traverse through dangerous terrain with hostile weather conditions and lurking enemy soldiers. However the movement of the patrol was noticed by the enemy and it came under intense fire. Sep N S Rathi got injured severely during the ensuing exchange of fire. He later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. Sep N S Rathi was a gallant and committed soldier who laid down his life in the service of the nation.

 

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