Service No : 4174170
Date of Birth : February 12, 1960
Place of birth : Kapurthala Dist(Pun)
Service : Army
Last Rank : Lance Naik
Arm/Regt : The Kumaon Regiment
Operation : CI & IS Ops
Awards : Shaurya Chakra
Martyrdom : April 12, 1992
Lance Naik Kishan Chand Yadav hailed from Jahajgarh village in Jhajjar district of Haryana and was born on 12 Feb 1960. Son of Shri Ramkumar Yadav and Smt Manbari Devi, he completed his initial education from his village. Thereafter, he joined the Army on 09 Jan 1980 at the age of 19 years. He was recruited into 20 Kumaon battalion of the Kumaon Regiment, one of the most decorated infantry regiments of the Indian Army, which traces back its history to the 18th century.
After completing his training, he got posted to the Kumaon Regimental Centre at Ranikhet. After serving for around nine years, he got promoted to the rank of Lance Naik in the year 1989. Later his unit got deployed on the western border in Punjab.
Phagwara Operation (Punjab) : 12 Apr 1992
During 1992, the state of Punjab was afflicted with militancy and the Army units were engaged in various counter insurgency and internal security operations. L/Nk Kishan Chand's unit 20 Kumaon, deployed in Punjab at that time was also undertaking such operations on a regular basis. On 12 Apr 1992, L/Nk Kishan Chand along with his comrade Sep Rampyara was manning the check post at Mauli village in Phagwara tehsil of Kapurthala district of Punjab. While at the check post, they saw a Maruti car approaching them at a high speed. L/Nk Kishan Chand quickly swung into action and waved them to stop. L/Nk Kishan Chand and Sep Rampyara found something amiss and asked probing questions. However one of the occupants suddenly took out a revolver and fired at Sep Rampyara. L/Nk Kishan Chand's suspicion turned out to be true as both the occupants of the car happened to be the wanted terrorists Surender Singh and Surenderjit Singh.
Taken by surprise by the sudden turn of events, L/Nk Kishan Chand tried to move swiftly to take action, but the terrorist fired two shots at him too injuring his seriously. Despite being injured, L/Nk Kishan Chand did not loose his nerve and picked up the Light Machine Gun (LMG) of his injured comrade and fired at the tyres of the fleeing terrorists' car. As the bullets hit the car tyres, the terrorists abandoned the car and took to heels to escape. Though L/Nk Kishan Chand was bleeding profusely and slowly loosing strength, he mustered all his energy and fired at the terrorists. The bullets of L/Nk Kishan Chand found their targets and both the terrorists got killed. L/Nk Kishan Chand was then taken to the nearby military hospital but it was too late for the doctors to save him. He soon succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. L/Nk Kishan Chand was a valiant soldier with high sense of duty, who laid down his life in the service of the nation, following the highest traditions of the Indian Army. L/Nk Kishan Chand was given the gallantry award, “Shaurya Chakra” for his exceptional courage, devotion to duty, and supreme sacrifice.
Lance Naik Kishan Chand Yadav is survived by his father Shri Ramkumar Yadav, mother Smt Manbari Devi, and wife Smt Sumitra Devi.