March 3, 1976 |
Klol Bukiana, Bilaspur district, Himachal Pradesh
|Awards||Param Vir Chakra|
On July 4, 1999, as a member of the 13th Battalion, Jammu & Kashmir Rifles, he was the leading scout of a team tasked to capturing Area Flat Top, during the Kargil War. The area was held by Pakistani troops. Having scaled the cliff, the team was pinned down by machine gun fire from an enemy bunker, about 150 meters away.
Kumar, realizing the magnitude of the problem and the detrimental effect this bunker would have in the capture of Area Flat Top, crawled alone up the ledge, along a flank, and charged towards the enemy bunker through a hail of automatic fire. Almost instantly he took two bullets in his chest and forearm that left him bleeding profusely.
Though bleeding from the bullet wounds, he continued the charge towards the bunker. In hand-to-hand fighting, he killed three enemy soldiers. He then picked up an enemy machine gun and crept towards the second enemy bunker. The enemy soldiers, taken completely by surprise, were killed by him as they fled their post. Inspired by his act the rest of the platoon charged, assaulted the feature and captured Area Flat Top.
In popular culture
Controversy: Double Demotion
In 2010 Kumar was demoted two ranks from Havildar to Lance Naik. The army refused to cite any reasons for his demotion. Moreover, the army concealed the facts by continuing to refer to him as Havildar in press releases. Recipients of the Param-Vir Chakra are saluted irrespective of rank, which is alleged to be the bone of contention between Kumar and senior officers. Kumar was offered a job by the Himachal Pradesh Government, and may accept this offer after completing his 17 years service (for receiving post retirement benefits) in the army.
- Jai Hind Jai Bharat[dead link]
- Indian Army webpage[dead link]
- "The Republic Special, Param Vir Chakra winner Rifleman Sanjay Kumar recounts the battle for peak 4875 in the Mushokh valley". rediff.com.
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