Service No: 2612806W

Place of Birth: Chittoor dist, (AP)

Service: Army

Last Rank : Havaldar

Unit : 18 Madras

Arm/Regt: The Madras Regiment

Operation : CI & IS Ops

Date of Martyrdom: 08 Nov 2020

Hav Praveen Kumar

Hav Praveen Kumar hailed from Reddivaripalle village of Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh. Son of Shri Chikala Prathap Reddy and Smt Sugunamma, he joined the Army in the year 2002 at the age of 19 years. He got recruited into 18 Madras of the Madras Regiment, an infantry Regiment well known for its dauntless soldiers and numerous battle exploits. After serving with his parent unit for some time, he also got trained as a commando and worked with the elite NSG for three years.


He got married to Ms Rajitha in the year 2010 and the couple had a son and a daughter. By the year 2020, he had put in around 18 years of service and had been promoted to the rank of Havaldar. By then he had served in various operational areas and gained substantial experience of working in challenging conditions. Besides being a tough soldier he was a very good human being and a source of inspiration for the younger generation of his village.


Machil Sector Operation: 08 Nov 2020


During Nov 2020, Hav Praveen Kumar’s unit 18 Madras was deployed in the Kupwara district of J&K close to the Line of Control(LOC). The unit troops were engaged in counter-insurgency operations on a regular basis as its AOR (Area of Operation) was affected by active militancy. The LOC remained highly active and volatile with ceasefire violations occurring very often and without any warning. Besides manning the forward posts in the Machil sector in the Kupwara district,  Hav Praveen Kumar’s unit also undertook operations to check the infiltration bids as its AOR was prone to infiltration by the militants from across the border. On 08 Nov 2020, one such infiltration bid was reported by the BSF patrol at around 0100 hrs near the anti-infiltration obstacle system about 3.5 Kms from the LOC.


As the firefight escalated, the soldiers from 18 Madras were rushed to take on the infiltrators. The team from 18 Madras led by Capt Ashutosh Kumar included Hav Praveen Kumar among many other soldiers. Hav Praveen Kumar and his comrades swung into action to foil the infiltration bid and neutralize the militants. The contact with the militants was lost around 0400 hrs but was reestablished at around 1020 hrs as the infiltrators were being tracked by various surveillance devices. Capt Ashutosh Kumar deployed his troops tactically to block the possible escape routes and engaged them aggressively. In the ensuing fierce gun battle, three militants were eliminated. However, during the exchange of fire, Hav Praveen Kumar and four of his comrades received gunshots and were seriously injured. Later Hav Praveen Kumar and two more soldiers including the team leader Capt Ashutosh Kumar & Rifleman Ryada Maheshwar succumbed to their injuries and were martyred. Hav Praveen Kumar was a valiant and dedicated soldier, who laid down his life in the line of his duty at the age of 37 years.


 Hav Praveen Kumar is survived by his father Shri Chikala Prathap Reddy, mother Smt Sugunamma, wife Smt Rajitha, daughter, and son.

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  • Rahul Saxena

    2021at9:59 am Reply

    Thanks for inspiring us and you will always remember in our heart

  • Ramesh kushwah

    2021at10:14 am Reply

    Your service and sacrifices will never be forgotten. Your hard work and accomplishments will always bring us pride. A big thanks to Indian soldiers.”

  • Dinakaran Palanisamy

    2021at10:14 am Reply

    Our flag does not fly because the wind moves,It flies with the last breath of soldier like you who died protecting it.
    Jai hind..

  • Haridas Gondil

    2021at10:18 am Reply

    तू शहीद हुआ, तो न जाने, कैसे तेरी माँ सोयी होगी..? लेकिन एक बात तो तय है कि ..
    तुझे लगने वाली गोली भी, सौ बार रोयी होगी…!

  • Naveenraj Sekar

    2021at11:02 am Reply

    Dear Hero’s
    Soldiers are the true pulse of the nation and are invaluable gifts,
    My heartfelt condolences to your brave family,

  • Swapnil Uttarwar

    2021at4:10 pm Reply

    मरने के बाद भी जिसके नाम मे जान हैं
    ऐसे जाबाज़ सैनिक हमारे भारत की शान है
    देश के उन वीर जवानों को सलाम
    जय हिन्द..

  • Diksha sharma

    2021at1:57 pm Reply

    Dear soldier
    Our nation will always be proud of you and your sacrifice will never be forgotten.
    Your sacrifice will always bloom in our hearts.
    Our words can never pay debt of your sacrifice.
    Jai hind

  • Sakshi

    2021at12:41 pm Reply

    Thank you for your selfless duty, bravery and courage. Thank you for being a hero, for protecting us every day, and for the sacrifices you made. It is because of brave hearts like you that we sleep peacefully every night. You are a great inspiration for many people. Your service and sacrifices will never be forgotten.
    Jai Hind

  • Yuvraj Ahuja

    2021at7:28 pm Reply

    Dear Soldier,

    Thank you very much for your service. You sacrificed your life in the war zone for our country (and us), and slept forever in the lap of Mother earth. May your soul rest in peace.

    Salute to your brave heart,

  • Sarvesh Kumar Tiwari

    2021at10:25 am Reply

    A homage to our braveheart soldiers who had laid down their lives for the Nation In honour of their departed soul we salute & pray for all.

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