Service No : IC-59231N
Date of Birth : January 2, 1977
Place of birth : Darbhanga (Bihar)
Service : Army
Last Rank : Captain
Unit : 7 Jat/AOC
Arm/Regt : Army Ordnance Corps
Operation : Op Parakram
Awards : Kirti Chakra
Martyrdom : October 2, 2002
Captain Dilip Kumar Jha hailed from Haripur village in Darbhanga district of Bihar and was born on 02 Jan 1977. Son of Shri Nathuni Jha, Capt Dilip Kumar did his initial schooling in Katihar and then went to Mussoorie to complete his Class XII. As Capt Dilip lost his mother at a very young age, his father single-handedly brought him up. In Mussoorie, he studied at Oak Grove Boys’ School from 1985 to 1995. He was good in athletics and at Oak Grove Boys’ School, he became the school athletic captain in 1994. He had a strong inclination to join the Armed Forces since his childhood and continued to follow his dream while growing up. His dream came true when he got selected for the NDA after his schooling in 1995. Later he went to IMA for further training and passed out in 1999 as a Lieutenant at the age of 22 years.
He was commissioned on 11th Dec 1999 into the Army Ordnance Corps (AOC), an important arm, responsible for providing logistics support to the Indian Army during war and peace. The role of the Army Ordnance Corps is to make available all kinds of stores to all army units at the right time, in the right quantity, at the right place, and right cost. The inventory of AOC covers every conceivable requirement of the soldier from clothing to weapons, from a needle to a tank and also all munitions except fuel, fodder and medicines. However, as a Lieutenant, he was sent on deputation to an infantry Battalion of 7 Jat as his first assignment. In 2001, he was promoted to the rank of Captain.
Poonch Operation (J&K): 02 Oct 2002
During 2002, Capt Dilip Kumar Jha was serving with the 7 Jat Battalion deployed in the Poonch district of J&K. The unit troops were engaged in operations against the terrorists on a regular basis as the unit's area of responsibility (AOR) was active with militancy. The AOR of the unit spanned over dense jungle and remote rugged mountainous terrain with extreme weather conditions, especially in the winter season. The area was also prone to infiltration, which necessitated regular armed patrols to check any infiltration from across the border. Capt Dilip Kumar Jha was functioning as Ghatak Platoon commander and by Sep 2002, had taken part in 8 important counter-insurgency operations killing over 27 terrorists. On the night of 2nd October 2002, Capt Dilip Kumar, while on a dominating patrol in Mendhar sector of Poonch district, observed a group of terrorists infiltrating through a nalla. Sensing the gravity of the situation, Capt Dilip quickly deployed his soldiers tactically to corner the infiltrators.
He held the fire and let the infiltrators close in. As they moved closer Capt Dilip fired at close range and eliminated one terrorist. As a result, the remaining two terrorists ran helter-skelter taking advantage of thick foliage and undergrowth. Capt Dilip without caring for his safety lunged forward and engaged the fleeing terrorists. In a show of cold courage and commendable leadership, he managed to kill the remaining terrorists too. However, during the heavy exchange of fire, Capt Dilip too received gunshots and was seriously injured. But he later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. Capt Dilip Kumar Jha was a valiant soldier and an officer par excellence, who led his men from the front like a good military leader and laid down his life in the service of the nation at the age of 25 years. Cap Dilip Kumar Jha was given ‘Kirti Chakra”, the nation’s second highest peacetime gallantry award for his exemplary courage, unyielding fighting spirit, camaraderie and supreme sacrifice.
Capt Dilip Kumar Jha is survived by his father Shri Nathuni Jha.