Service No : JC-278752 A

Place of birth : Hoshiarpur Dist(Pun)

Last Rank : Subedar

Unit : 60 Med Regt

Arm/Regt : The Regiment of Artillery

Martyrdom : September 2, 2020

Subedar Rajesh Kumar

Subedar Rajesh Kumar hailed from Kalichpur Kalota village in Mukerian tehsil of Hoshiarpur district in Punjab. Son of an army veteran Hav Ram Chander, Sub Rajesh Kumar had three sisters as siblings. He was inclined to serve in the Army like his father since his younger days. He eventually joined the Army after completing his school education at the age of 19 years. He was recruited into 60 Med Regt of the Regiment of Artillery, an important combat support arm of Indian Army known for its booming field guns. The Regiment of Artillery has various Regiments that include Medium Regiments, Light Regiments, Missile Regiments, Rocket Regiments and SATA (Surveillance & Target Acquisition) Regiments with every Regiment having its own equipment during wartime. 

 

After serving for few years, he got married to Ms Anita Devi and the couple had a daughter Riya and a son Jatin. By the year 2020, he had been promoted to the rank of Subedar and had developed into a proud gunner and a very dependable junior commissioned officer. He had served in various operational areas by then and gathered substantial field experience in operating various weapon systems of the Regiment of Artillery. After serving for some years with his parent unit, Sub Rajesh Kumar was deputed to serve with 43 RR battalion deployed in J&K for counter-insurgency operations. 

 

Cross-Border Firing (Rajouri): 01/02 Sep 2020

 

During Sep 2020, Sub Rajesh Kumar’s unit was deployed in Rajouri district of J&K. The unit troops were engaged in counter-insurgency operations on a regular basis as its AOR (Area of Operation) was affected by active militancy. The LOC remained highly active and volatile with ceasefire violations occurring very often and without any warning. Like previous years the year 2020 too continued with ceasefire violations. Pakistan continued to violate the 2003 ceasefire agreement with India despite repeated calls for restraint and adherence to the pact during flag meetings between the two sides. In yet another case of ceasefire violation, Pakistani troops opened unprovoked fire in Rajouri along the LOC on 01 Sep 2020.

 

In the night of 01/02 Sep 2020, Pakistan Army troops initiated unprovoked firing on Indian posts from across the border in Rajouri district. During that period, Sub Rajesh Kumar was supervising an operation meant to provide support to other infantry and artillery units deployed in the forward area along the Line of Control. The Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire and resorted to heavy cross border firing using small arms as well as heavy caliber weapons. Indian army responded in a befitting manner to the Pakistani aggression and consequently, a heavy exchange of fire ensued thereafter, which continued intermittently for several hours. However, during this heavy exchange of fire, Sub Rajesh Kumar got seriously injured. He later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. Sub Rajesh Kumar was a gallant soldier and a committed junior commissioned officer, who laid down his life in the line of his duty.

 

Sub Rajesh Kumar is survived by his parents, wife Smt Anita Devi, daughter Riya and son Jatin. 

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6 Comments
  • SAURABH PANDEY

    2020at1:14 am Reply

    Sad

  • Prem Sagar. B

    2021at3:21 pm Reply

    Namaste Smt Anita Devi,
    I am not sure if i would be enough to be grateful to you and your family and what Sub Rajesh kumar has done for the country. I am very sure that not half of the Indian youth is as courageous as Sub Rajesh Kumar.
    But because of people like him the whole country can sleep peacefully every day or every moment without fear. I feel your family deserves more respect in the future when someone hears the story of Sub Rajesh Kumar and that feeling of proud will be visible on their faces after talking to you.
    Sub Rajesh Kumar will be remembered. JAI HIND
    My salute to Sub Rajesh Kumar _/\_

  • Ezabel Gomes

    2021at12:38 am Reply

    His Life

    In our warm cozy beds we sleep,
    And somewhere in a village a mother silently weeps.
    Her soldier son is out there fighting a battle,
    While his wife soothes the baby with a bright new rattle.

    I wake up in the morning,
    And complain about my burnt toast.
    While the soldier goes hungry planning for his next post.

    As I make my way through the day,
    Cribbing and complaining about a wasteful life.
    Oblivion of the hardships that our soldiers strive.

    Every hour, every minute, every second;
    Is a chance for us to cherish what we have.
    Only a soldier knows the worth;
    It’s time we understand.

    The family is in pain,
    But his life has not gone in vain.
    A beautiful life he insured for me and you,
    Let’s salute our soldiers for a future bright and new.

    Jai Hind!

  • Ruchita Upadhyay

    2021at1:06 pm Reply

    No words can describe our grief at the loss of such a brave soul.
    No words can describe his courage.
    No words can describe your strength and commitment as a family to the Nation.
    No words can describe the pride and honor you give us.
    Words are powerful but still not big enough to express our respects for you all.

    Your commitment and support gave him the strength to protect our Nation. He lives on through his courage, his ultimate duty but most through his true love for the Nation.

    Thanks for protecting us and this Nation’s sovereignty.
    Jai Hind.

  • Najiha Pv

    2021at12:28 pm Reply

    I remember reading a poem of Tennyson about a dead warrior.
    the first time I realized the people who die leave a blank space in the life of their loved ones.
    A space that can be never filled with a substitute.
    Thank YOU for being our guardian angel.
    Wishing your family Hope and Strength for the coming days.
    Proud of you dear brother…

  • Anjelin

    2021at11:07 am Reply

    Rajesh,
    Your sacrifice will not go a waste!!
    May your holy souls rest in peace and may God give strength to all your loved ones left behind.
    Especially your daughter Riya and son Jatin who will be very much proud of you.

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