Service No : 3214749F
Place of Birth : Churu (Raj)
Last Rank : Sepoy
Unit : 2 Jat
Arm/Regt : The Jat Regiment
Date of Martyrdom : 03 Dec 2019
Sep Kamal Kumar hailed from Sahwa village of Churu district in Rajasthan. Son of an army veteran Hav Dharmendra Kumar, Sep Kamal Kumar followed into the footsteps of his father and joined the army in 2018 after completing his school education from Subash Chandra Bose Senior School at Sahwa. He was recruited into 2 Jat Bn of the Jat Regiment, an infantry regiment well known for its brave soldiers. After completing his training he got posted to J&K area as his first assignment.
Avalanche Tangdhar Sector: 03 Dec 2019
During Dec 2019, Sep Kamal Kumar’s unit 2 Jat Bn was deployed in J&K. The unit troops were manning the forward posts in Tangdhara Sector of Kupwara district in J&K. The posts were located in high altitude areas with inhospitable terrain. Besides manning the stationary posts, the unit launched regular armed patrols to monitor the area between the posts. The heavy snowfall during the winter season made the task more challenging for the troops manning the posts. The area was also prone to unpredictable avalanches during the winter season. One such horrific avalanche struck the post of 2 Jat Bn on 3rd Dec 2019. Sep Kamal Kumar along with Hav Rajendra Singh and Sep Amit manning the post got swept away and buried under heaps of snow.
The avalanche took the soldiers by surprise and did not give any time to react. 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 buried under tons of snow could not be saved. Sep Kamal Kumar was a brave and determined soldier who laid down his life at the age of 21 years in the line of his duty. Sep Kamal Kumar is survived by his father Hav Dharmendra Kumar, mother and siblings..
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