Service No : JC413798Y
Place of Birth : Bilaspur dist(HP)
Last Rank : Subedar
Unit : 4 Para (SF)
Arm/Regt : The Parachute Regiment
Operation : CI & IS Ops
Date of Martyrdom : 05 Apr 2020
Subedar Sanjeev Kumar hailed from Dehra village in Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh. He belonged to the 4 Para (SF) battalion of the Parachute Regiment, an elite infantry Regiment well known for its daredevil para commandos and numerous bold operations. By the year 2020, Sub Sanjeev Kumar had put in over 20 years of service and evolved into a battle hardened soldier and a very dependable junior commissioned officer of the unit.
Operation Randori Behak : 01-05 April 2020
During Apr 2020, Sub Sanjeev Kumar’s unit was deployed in the Kashmir valley for counter-insurgency operations. Sub Sanjeev Kumar in his fairly long service had taken part in numerous challenging operations and had gained substantial experience in counter insurgency operations. Based on the information from the intelligence sources about the infiltration attempt by the terrorists in Kupwara district, the security forces launched “Op Randori Behak” on 01 Apr 2020. The soldiers deployed in Karen sector repeatedly picked up and lost track of the terrorists as they infiltrated across the Line of Control. On 03 April the troops picked up the trail at 4:30 pm and again at 6:30 pm on 04 April 4. It was then decided to launch Para commandos by dropping them by air near the suspected area. Sub Sanjeev Kumar became part of this operation launched by 4 Para(SF) battalion. Based on the information gathered through UAV(Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) of the Army intelligence network, the operation was planned on 05 Apr 2020 to foil an infiltration attempt in the Karen sector. Sub Sanjeev Kumar was tasked to lead that operation along with a team of para commandos. As the suspected area was snow covered and inaccessible the assault team was planned to be air dropped to integrate an element of surprise too in the operation.
The two squads of the elite para commandos led by Sub Sanjeev Kumar were air dropped in the suspected area as planned in poor visibility conditions. But soon the team spotted the footsteps of the terrorists in the snow and decided to follow the trail. As the soldiers were following the snow bound trail, at one point the hardened snow under their feet gave way plunging three members of the team into a nullah. However the soldiers after tumbling down reached a place very near to the hideout of the terrorists. A fierce gun battle followed immediately as the soldiers came face to face with the infiltrators. Seeing their comrades under heavy fire, the other two soldiers who had managed to evade the collapsing snow also rushed to the place of action. In the ensuing heavy exchange of fire the para commandos team led by Sub Sanjeev Kumar managed to eliminate all the five terrorists.
However as it was a combat at very close quarters, the soldiers too received multiple gun shots and got seriously injured. Three soldiers succumbed to their injuries and were martyred in the battle zone itself. The other two soldiers were air lifted to a nearby military hospital but they too succumbed to their grievous injuries and were martyred. Besides Sub Sanjeev Kumar the other martyred soldiers included Hav Davendra Singh, Paratrooper Bal Krishan, Paratrooper Amit Kumar and Paratrooper Chhatrapal Singh. Sub Sanjeev Kumar was a valiant soldier and an inspiring junior commissioned officer who led from the front and laid down his life in the line of his duty.
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