Service No : JC-413798Y

Date of Birth : December 5, 1977

Place of birth : Bilaspur Dist, (HP)

Service : Army

Last Rank : Subedar

Unit : 4 Para (SF)

Arm/Regt : The Parachute Regiment

Operation : CI & IS Ops

Awards : Kirti Chakra

Martyrdom : April 5, 2020

Subedar Sanjiv Kumar KC

Subedar Sanjiv Kumar was born on 05 Dec 1977 and hailed from Dehra village in Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh. He completed his schooling from HP board of School Education Dharamshala and then joined the Army on 30 Aug 1996 at the age of 18 years. He was recruited into 4 Para (SF) battalion of the Parachute Regiment, an elite infantry Regiment well known for its daredevil para commandos and numerous bold operations.


After completing his training he served in various operational areas and had a stint with the National Security Guard (NSG) too. By the year 2020, Sub Sanjiv 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 Rangdori Baihk : 01-05 April 2020


During Apr 2020, Sub Sanjiv Kumar’s unit was deployed in the Kashmir valley for counter-insurgency operations. Sub Sanjiv 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 the Kupwara district, the security forces launched “Op Rangdori Baihk” on 01 Apr 2020. A movement had been noticed near the LOC on 1 April 2020 through drone imagery. This was confirmed on the ground with footprints in the snow not far from the Line of Control. This was followed by a brief exchange of fire with the soldiers of 8 Jat battalion after which the terrorists fled abandoning some of their bags containing ammo. At dawn on 02 April, troops from 41 and 57 Rashtriya Rifles too joined the operation. The troops once again established contact with the terrorists at about 4.30 pm. However the terrorists engaged in heavy fire before slipping off from a ledge. The chase continued, with contact established twice more on 03 and 04 April. 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 the 4 Para(SF) battalion. Based on the information gathered through UAVs(Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) of the Army intelligence network, the operation was planned on 04 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 airdropped to integrate an element of surprise too in the operation.


The two squads with six soldiers each of the elite para commandos led by Sub Sanjiv Kumar were airdropped by ALH -Dhruv Helicopter in the suspected area as planned in poor visibility conditions. The Dhruv helicopter dropped them off on a hill feature in waist deep snow. The team immediately set off for their mission, wading through 8-10 feet of snow. After nearly five hours, the lead scout Ptr Chhatrapal Singh noticed suspicious movement and alerted his team. After confirmation by the second scout, Ptr Bal Krishan about the presence of two terrorists, Sub Sanjiv Kumar quickly deployed his two squads tactically to close in from two sides. One squad was to attack from the front, while the other squad was tasked to climb onto the nearby heights and open fire as the support team when required. As Sub Sanjiv Kumar signaled his men to fire, heavy firing erupted at the terrorists sitting at the tree roots. But taking advantage of the darkness and thick foliage, the terrorist managed to escape. Tracking their movements further, it became clear that the terrorists had been cornered into a part of Kupwara’s dense Zurhama forest lower down the hill feature.


Finally a contact with the terrorists was established in the evening. Sub Sanjiv Kumar along with his squads then tried to close in with the terrorist location. However, the soldiers realized too late that they were on an ice cornice, which was an overhanging mass of hardened snow at the edge of a mountain precipice. It broke under their weight and the leading scouts Ptr Chhatrapal Singh and Ptr Bal Krishan fell into a frozen mountain stream, right into where the terrorists were hiding. They were mercilessly fired upon by the terrorists. Sub Sanjiv Kumar along with his buddy immediately surged ahead into the nallah to rescue them. While his buddy provided covering fire, Sub Sanjiv unmindful of his personal safety, under intense fire from the terrorists evacuated one of the scouts from the contact site. He then moved forward to retrieve the other scout when he came under intense fire from the hiding terrorists. Realizing the imminent danger to his squad members, Sub Sanjiv Kumar charged towards the hiding terrorists and neutralized one terrorist at very close range. Thereafter, Sub Sanjiv Kumar in a daring act crawled towards the other terrorists and engaged them in hand-to-hand combat seriously injuring them. In the intense close-quarter fight that ensued, Sub Sanjiv Kumar sustained a gunshot wound from which he later succumbed. Sub Sanjiv Kumar, Ptr Chhatrapal Singh and Ptr Bal Krishan succumbed to their injuries and were martyred in the battle zone itself. The other injured soldiers were airlifted to a nearby military hospital but they too succumbed to their grievous injuries and were martyred. Besides Sub Sanjiv Kumar the other martyred soldiers included Hav Devendra Singh, Ptr Bal Krishan, Ptr Amit Kumar, and Ptr 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. Sub Sanjeev Kumar was given the nation’s second highest peace time gallantry award, “Kirti Chakra” for his outstanding courage, devotion to duty and supreme sacrifice. Sub Sanjeev Kumar is survived by his wife Smt Sujata.

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  • Ravindra kandpal

    2023at8:55 pm Reply

    My salute and Tribute to the martyrs of OP Rangdhori Bahak. That day I just started my day with my laptop while working form home when I read this news on Twitter about the sacrifice of our soldiers in operation. I could not hold back to my emotions and this Poem came to me this is my tribute to our soldiers

    प्रतिशोध की अग्नि प्रबल
    शोलो सी जलती है पवन
    है नाद शंखों का उठा
    ज्वाला सा जलता है गगन

    क्यों बैठकर हो मौन तुम
    क्यों कर रहे न तुम नमन
    काली खड़ी है ध्वज लिए
    वीरों की जय जय हो सघन

    सामर्थ्य हो जिस जीव में
    धरती को यूं ही ठेल दे
    गांडीव की प्रत्यंचा लेकर
    पार्थ का हो अब मनन

    वह वीर क्या जो भय सहे
    भय से सदा विचलित रहे
    जो भेद दे हर लक्ष्य को
    उस वीर का हो अब जनन

    रणभूमि है यह सज गई
    रंभेरियाँ भी बज गई
    जो रक्त है देकर गया
    उस वीर को मेरा नमन

    Most of the people in our country don’t get to know about our soldiers. I really appreciate the effort of all those who work towards keeping these soldiers alive in our memories.

    Ravindra kandpal

  • Vanika Sood

    2023at8:56 pm Reply

    We are indebted to you, Apka balidaan amar rahe. Jai Hind

  • Prabhat Sinha

    2023at8:56 pm Reply

    I want to go to his home and touch his parents feet.Can I get thier address.

  • Dilip Kumar

    2023at8:56 pm Reply

    I have no Any words …….

  • Bisbo

    2023at8:57 pm Reply

    Which village was he from and what was his age? Bisbo is doing a story on his and the team’s bravery. Video will be on YouTube

  • Rajendra Singh Latwal

    2023at8:57 pm Reply

    No words to express the feelings for the supreme sacrifice you & your brave team had made. The whole nation will always remain indebted of you, your team & your families.
    RIP brother, my salute to you, you will always remain in our heart.

    Jai Hind


    2023at8:58 pm Reply

    We salute you and proud of you

    The brave will never die you are a real hero and always in our heart’s

  • Chiranjeev Singh Bedi

    2023at9:07 pm Reply

    Salute & Tribute to the martyrdom of Subedar Sanjeev Kumar of 4 Para SF, who eliminated terrorists during Operation Randori Behak at the mountains of Kupwara, Kashmir, and did supreme sacrifice during line of duty. My heart bleeds for his supreme sacrifice and bravado, and will always remember him, and his brave battalion. Salute to him. The brave die never, though they sleep in dust. Their courage nerves a thousand living men.

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