Service No : JC-539962H
Last Rank: Subedar
Unit: 8 Kumaon
Arm/Regt: The Kumaon Regiment
Award: Shaurya Chakra
Date of Martyrdom : Oct 28, 2013,
Subedar Prakash Chand hailed from Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand. Son of Sri Jaman Chand and Smt Jamna Devi, Sub Prakash Chand was recruited into the 8 Kumaon of the famed Kumaon Regiment, known for its valour and battle honours in various operations. During 2013, his unit was deployed in the terrorist-infested area in J & K.
Baramulla Operation: 28 Oct 2013
On 28 Oct 2013, Subedar Prakash Chand was leading an anti infiltration patrol from Bhim Post to Kaman Post at Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir. At about 0015 hrs, the patrol came under heavy automatic fire from across the LOC. Sub Prakash Chand in a swift action ordered the patrol to adopt lying position and launched the counter offensive attack. Sub Prakash Chand using his well honed field craft coordinated and directed fire of his patrol towards the terrorists.
A fierce gun-battle ensued and during this exchange of fire , Sub Prakash Chand sustained a splinter injury on his right thigh. Bleeding profusely with grievous injury , he continued firing and directing his men to safety. However, during this operation Sub Prakash Chand again received a splinter injury on his head which proved fatal. Sub Prakash Chand fought valiantly till his last breath and thwarted the infiltration attempt by the terrorists. For this act of conspicuous gallantry beyond and above the call of duty, indomitable courage and supreme sacrifice, Sub Prakash Chand was awarded India’s third highest Gallantry Award in peace time “Shaurya Chakra”.
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