Service No : IC-84541K

Date of Birth : October 7, 1997

Place of birth : Agra Dist (UP)

Service : Army

Last Rank : Captain

Unit : 9 Para(SF)

Arm/Regt : The Parachute Regiment

Operation : CI & IS Ops

Awards : Sena Medal

Martyrdom : November 22, 2023

Captain Shubham Gupta SM

Captain Shubham Gupta hailed from Taj Ganj area of Agra in Uttar Pradesh and was born on 07 Oct 1997. Son of Shri Basant Kumar Gupta and Smt Pushpa Devi Gupta, Capt Shubham Gupta had a younger brother Rishabh Gupta as his sibling. He had developed a keen interest in the Armed Forces since his younger days and continued to follow his dream while growing up. He completed his schooling at St. Georges Inter College, Agra, and thereafter, got selected to join the Army in 2015 at the age of 17 years. He got selected to join the Army through TES (Technical Entry Scheme), after passing the competitive examination.  In the year 2018, he passed out of Officers' Training Academy (OTA) Gaya, (Located en route from Gaya to Bodhgaya, about 7 km from Gaya railway station). He was commissioned as a Lieutenant into the Corps of Signals, an important arm that provides communication to Indian army during war and peace. 

 

Capt Shubham Gupta was a soldier at heart and loved an adventurous life, so decided to volunteer for Special Forces. After the grueling selection process and training, Capt Shubham was inducted into the elite 9 Para(SF), a unit raised in 1966 that specialized in Mountain Warfare and Counter Insurgency/Counter Terrorism operations. The soldiers of 9 Para(SF) are known for their gallantry and daredevil commando operations in very challenging situations. Capt Shubham was happy to be part of this elite force and was later posted to J & K. 

 

Rajouri Encounter (J&K) : 22 Nov 2023

 

During Nov 2023, Capt Shubham Gupta’s unit 9 Para(SF) was deployed in the Rajouri sector of the Kashmir valley, as part of 'Romeo' force functioning under the operational control of XVI Corps of Indian Army.  As the area of responsibility (AOR) of the unit fell in the region infested with militants, the unit had to undertake counter-insurgency operations on a regular basis. Based on the information from the intelligent sources, the unit decided to launch a search and cordon operation along with 63 RR and J&K Police on 22 Nov 2023. Accordingly, a joint operation was launched on the intervening night of 21/22 Nov 2023 along with elements of 63 RR, 9 Para(SF) and J & K Police. As planned the joint team reached the suspected Kalakote area of Gulabgarh forest in Rajouri district and launched the cordon and search operation. As part of the Army contingent, Capt Shubham Gupta was leading the troops from 9 Para(SF) along with the soldiers from 63 RR battalion. 

 

As the search operation was underway, the terrorists sensing the danger fired at the troops in a bid to escape. A fierce gun battle ensued thereafter with a heavy exchange of fire from both sides. The terrorists including their leader were holed up in a dhok (Temporary thatched roof mud house) and were targeting the troops from there. Capt Shubham Gupta, sensing danger to his comrades and civilians as well, came out of his cover to pin down the terrorists. However, while doing so, Capt Shubham Gupta got caught in the volley of fire, sustaining bullet injuries. He soon succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. The operation continued and eventually, all the terrorists were neutralized. However, besides Capt Shubham Gupta, four other brave hearts from 9 Para(SF) and 63 RR too, lost their lives during the operation. The other martyred soldiers included Capt MV Pranjal, Havildar Abdul Majid, Lance Naik Sanjay Bisht, and Paratrooper Sachin Laur. Capt Shubham Gupta was a valiant soldier and gritty officer who laid down his life at the age of 26 years in the service of the nation. Capt Shubham Gupta was awarded the "Sena Medal" posthumously on 26 Jan 2024 for his commendable gallantry, devotion to duty and supreme sacrifice. 

 

Capt Shubham Gupta is survived by his father Shri Basant Kumar Gupta, mother Smt Pushpa Gupta, and younger brother Shri Rishabh Gupta.

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