Service No: 583
Date of Birth: Dec 20, 1915
Place of Birth: Sarthal, J &K
Last Rank : Sepoy
Unit : 1 J&K Inf
Regt : The Jammu & Kashmir Infantry
Operation: Op Riddle
Award: Vir Chakra
Date of Martyrdom : Jan 17, 1948
Sepoy Nil Kanth was born on 1st July 1920 in Sarthal in a village in Udhampur District, Jammu and Kashmir. He was son of Shri Mangoo. Sepoy Nil Kanth was inducted into the 1st J & K infantry on 20 January 1948.
Op Indo-Pak 1948 : 17th January
In January 1948, during Indo-Pak War, Sepoy Nil Kanth’s unit was deployed in the forward area. On 17th January he was part of a leading group of the forward troops and while keeping the vigil was counter-attacked by the enemy who had succeeded in creeping in through the jungle and nullah. Sepoy Nil Kanth showed immense quality of leadership and on his own accord crawled forward from his position through the bullet swept area. He killed three of the enemies and kept hurling grenades on them. When his grenades got over he then shouted for more grenades and meanwhile kept firing at the enemy with his rifle. During this action he was fatally injured and succumbed to his injuries on 17 January 1948.
Sepoy Nil Kanth displayed most conspicuous bravery besides camaraderie and leadership of the highest order and made the supreme sacrifice for the nation. He was awarded with “Vir Chakra” Posthumously on 26th January 1950.
Citation for the Vir Chakra Awarded to him reads:-
During operations on 17 January 1948, North-east of Poonch. Sepoy Nil kanth 1st J & K infantry was in the leading group of the forward platoon which was counter-attacked by the enemy who had succeeded in creeping in through the jungle and nullah.
Seeing this, Sepoy Nil kanth on his own accord crawled forward from his position through the bullet swept area and hurled grenades upon the advancing enemy, killing three. He then shouted for more grenades and meanwhile kept firing at the enemy with his rifle. During this action he was shot dead by an enemy bullet. By his action the enemy was definitely discouraged to make any further counter-attacks.
Sepoy Nil kanth showed great courage and devotion to duty and gave his own life in doing so.
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