Service No : 3196376N

Date of Birth : 1983

Place of birth : Baghpat Dist (UP)

Service : Army

Last Rank : Havaldar

Unit : 34 RR/6 Jat

Arm/Regt : The Jat Regiment

Operation : CI & IS Ops

Awards : Shaurya Chakra

Martyrdom : March 27, 2021

Hav Pinku Kumar SC

Hav Pinku Kumar hailed from the Luhari village of Barot tehsil in the Bagpat district of Uttar Pradesh and was born in the year 1983. Son of Shri Jabar Singh Dangi and Smt Kamlesh Devi, he had a brother Manoj as his sibling. he joined the Army at the age of 18 years on 13 Sept 2001, after completing his education in his native place. He was recruited into the 6 Jat battalion of the well-known Jat Regiment, an infantry regiment widely respected for its intrepid soldiers and numerous battle exploits.


After serving for some time with his parent unit, he was deputed to serve with the 34 RR Battalion, deployed in J&K for counter-insurgency operations.  By the year-2021, Hav Pinku Kumar had put in around 20 years of service and developed into a dedicated soldier with commendable devotion to duty. 


Shopian Operation: 27 Mar 2021


During Jul 2021, Hav Pinku Kumar's unit 34 RR was deployed in the Shopian district of J & K along the LOC. As a number of militants were active in the unit’s AOR(Area of Responsibility), the unit troops had to maintain a very high state of preparedness at all times and had to undertake operations at a short notice. Based on the information from the intelligence sources, about the presence of some hardcore militants in the Wangam area of the Shopian district, the security forces decided to launch a search and cordon operation in the suspected area on 27 Mar 2021. Hav Pinku Kumar was made part of the team that was assigned the task of undertaking this operation. 


In the evening of 27 March 2021, Hav Pinku Kumar and his comrades reached the suspected area as planned and launched the operation. Hav Pinku Kumar was part of the inner cordon during the operation. Hav Pinku Kumar and his buddy Sep Sushil Rathi were covering the most likely escape route of the terrorists.  At approximately 2015 hours in a bid to escape, two terrorists rushed out of the target house towards the street while firing indiscriminately and lobbing grenades. Hav Pinku Kumar tactically re-oriented his position in a split-second decision and engaged them with accurate fire. By this action, he managed to eliminate one hardcore terrorist. In the ensuing exchange of fire, the second terrorist took a detour and hid behind the retaining wall of a house. Despite knowing about the grave risk to his own life, Hav Pinku stealthily closed on to the hiding terrorist and engaged him in close combat. In the exchange of fire, Hav Pinku injured the second terrorist. However, he sustained a grievous gunshot wound on his head and later succumbed to his injuries. Hav Pinku Kumar was a valiant and dedicated soldier, who laid down his life in the service of the nation. Hav Pinku Kumar was given the nation’s third-highest gallantry award “Shaurya Chakra” posthumously on 26 Jan 2022, for his commendable bravery, devotion to duty, camaraderie and supreme sacrifice. 


Hav Pinku Kumar is survived by his father Shri Jabar Singh Dangi, mother Smt Kamlesh Devi, wife Smt Kamlesh Devi, daughters, Shailly and Anjali, son Arnav and brother Shri Manoj Kumar. 

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  • Aastha Gupta

    2022at11:27 am Reply

    Giving priority to the motherland, over himself and his own family is something that only a true warrior can do. We cannot be grateful enough to these brave men to provide us and our future generations with the required protection from the enemies.

    Salute to the the BRAVE Havaldar Piku Kumar for putting on a brave face infront of our enemies. A lot of strength and prayers for the family.

  • Pinku kumar Pinku kumar

    2023at5:04 pm Reply
  • Himanshu

    2023at7:15 pm Reply

    Dear Family,

    With the deepest respect and heartfelt condolences, I reach out to you as we remember the exceptional courage and sacrifice of your beloved Hav Pinku Kumar. His unwavering dedication and bravery have left an enduring impact on our hearts.

    Hav Pinku Kumar’s journey as a member of Unit 34 RR in the Shopian district of J & K unfolded in the face of adversity. The ever-present threat of active militants in the area demanded an unwavering state of readiness. His commitment to safeguarding our nation’s security led him to undertake challenging operations at a moment’s notice.

    March 27, 2021, marked a pivotal day as Hav Pinku Kumar and his comrades launched a search and cordon operation in the Wangam area of Shopian district. In the twilight hours, Hav Pinku Kumar took his position in the inner cordon, demonstrating his unwavering determination to protect his fellow citizens.

    When faced with two terrorists attempting to escape and unleash chaos, Hav Pinku Kumar’s split-second decision and accurate fire neutralized one of the hardcore militants. His courage and resolve in engaging the second terrorist in close combat, despite knowing the grave risks involved, were emblematic of his unwavering dedication to duty.

    Tragically, his valorous actions came at a cost, as Hav Pinku Kumar sustained a grievous gunshot wound that he succumbed to. His indomitable spirit and selflessness led him to be posthumously awarded the “Shaurya Chakra,” the nation’s third-highest gallantry award, on January 26, 2022. This honor serves as a testament to his bravery, camaraderie, and supreme sacrifice.

    Beyond his uniform, Hav Pinku Kumar was a beloved son, a devoted husband to Smt. Kamlesh Devi, a loving father to Shailly, Anjali, and Arnav, and a cherished brother to Shri Manoj Kumar. His memory will forever inspire us to value courage, selflessness, and the profound bonds of family.

    In this time of sorrow, please know that your family is not alone. The nation stands united in mourning, acknowledging Hav Pinku Kumar’s unwavering commitment and paying tribute to his remarkable sacrifice.

    May you find strength in the memories you shared and take comfort in the knowledge that Hav Pinku Kumar’s legacy will forever shine as a beacon of honor and sacrifice.

    With deepest sympathy,


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