Service No: 15785544 H

Birth Place : Pune, (MH)

Service: Army

Last Rank: Gunner

Unit: 51 RR/131 AD Regt

Arm/Regt : Army Air Defence

Operation : CI & IS Ops

Date of Martyrdom : Dec 17, 2016

Gunner Farate Sourabh Nandkumar

Gunner Farate Sourabh Nandkumar hailed from Fhursungi village in Pune district of Maharasthra. Son of Shri Nandkumar Farate, Gnr Farate Sourabh was inclained to join the armed forces since his younger days. Consequently after completing his school education, Gnr Farate Sourabh joined the army. He was recuited into 131 AD Regt of the Corps of Army Air Defence one of the important combat arms of Indian army.
Gnr Farate Sourabh later got married and the couple had twin daughters. After serving for few years with his parent unit, Gnr Farate Sourabh was deputed to serve with 51 RR Bn deployed in the Kashmir valley for conuter-insurgency operations.
Pampore Attack: 17 Dec 2016

During 2016, Gnr Farate Sourabh was serving with 51 RR battalion deployed in Pulwama district of J&K. The AOR (Area of Responsibility) of 51RR was a hotbed of militant activity and the unit troops had to maintain a high state of readiness to deal with any eventuality. On 17th Dec 2016, Gnr Farate Sourabh was made part of a team tasked for an operation. While Gnr Farate Sourabh and other soldiers were heading for the operational location, their convoy was attacked by the group of heavily armed militants. The convoy came under attack while passing through the Pampore area along the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway.


It was a preplanned attack in an unexpected area and took the soldiers by surprise. However, the troops swung into action and a heavy exchange of fire followed thereafter. However during the exchange of fire, Gnr Farate Sourabh and two other soldiers,  Nk Ratheesh & Gnr Shashikant Pandey got seriously injured. They later succumbed to their injuries and they were martyred. Gnr Farate Sourabh was a brave and committed soldier who laid down his life in the line of his duty.


Gunner Farate Sourabh Nandkumar is survived by his parents, wife and twin daughters.

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