Service No: 4007645K

Birth Place: Mandi, HP

Service: Army

Last Rank: Sepoy

Unit : 6 Dogra

Arm/Regt : The Dogra Regiment

Operation : CI & IS Ops

Date of Martyrdom: Jun 05, 2015

Sepoy Manoj Kumar

Sepoy Manoj Kumar hailed from Mandi in Himachal Pradesh. Sep Manoj Kumar belonged to 6 Dogra of the Dogra Regiment and was serving in Manipur area during 2015. He was part of the contingent of 6 Dogra unit which was attacked by militants in Manipur in June 2015.  Sep Manoj Kumar was martyred in that gun battle with the militants.

 

Manipur Attack: June 2015

 

There had been 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 unfenced border between Manipur and Myanmar had been sealed and the Army and paramilitary forces had launched a major counter-offensive against the militants. On the 4th of June, the 6 Dogra infantry was heading to the capital of Manipur, Imphal in a 4-vehicle convoy. While they were crossing the Chandel district, on the way, they were ambushed by militants. Tribal guerrillas fired rocket-propelled grenades and detonated improvised explosive devices on the convoy, killing 18 soldiers and injuring another 11 soldiers.

 

It is believed that the attack by militants on the convoy was planned by a joint group comprising of cadres from NSCN(K), Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL) and Kanglapak Communist Party (KCP). The well-trained militants had planned the ambush beforehand and they triggered a landmine when the military convoy reached the area between Paralong village and Charong village in Chandel district. They also attacked the convoy with heavy automatic weapon firing from vantage points and fired rockets and grenades. Most of the convoy, consisting of about 4 vehicles with 50 soldiers, was severely damaged and soldiers burnt to death on account of the blast. The few survivors were shot to death by the militants.

 

The incident was reported to be one of the most deadly attacks by militants in the area. Sepoy Manoj Kumar was one of the 18 brave soldiers who lost his life in this horrendous ambush.   The martyrs of this incident were brought to their hometowns where they were cremated with full military honours. Hundreds of civilians and army personnel paid their tributes. The supreme sacrifice of Sepoy Manoj Kumar and his fellow soldiers will always be remembered.

 

Sepoy Manoj Kumar is survived by his wife Pushp Lata and two sons Arnab and Amarnath.

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1 Comment
  • Smita Wani

    2017at1:35 pm Reply

    India is lucky to have had a son like you..I salute for your sacrifice.

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