Date of Birth : 2000
Place of birth : Nagaur Dist(Raj)
Service : Army
Last Rank : Lance Naik
Unit : 268 Fd Regt
Arm/Regt : The Regiment of Artillery
Martyrdom : November 18, 2022
Lance Naik Mukesh Kumar Lakhara hailed from Rodoo village in Ladnun tehsil of Nagaur district in Rajasthan and was born in the year 2000. Son of Shri Kishan Lal Lakhara who was engaged in farming, L/Nk Mukesh Kumar had a younger brother Ramdhan as his sibling. He wanted to serve in the Army since his childhood, eventually, he joined the Army after completing his school education in the year 2018 at the age of 18 years. He was recruited into the 268 Field Regiment of the Regiment of Artillery, the important combat support arm of the Indian Army. After serving with his parent unit for some time, Lance Naik Mukesh Kumar was later deputed to serve with the 56 RR battalion, deployed in J&K for counter-insurgency operations. L/Nk Mukesh Kumar got engaged in the year 2022 and was to get married in Feb 2023, but the destiny had something else in store for him.
Machil Sector Operation (J&K) : 17/18 Nov 2022
During Nov 2022, L/Nk Mukesh Kumar‘s unit 56 RR was deployed in the Kupwara district of J&K close to the Line of Control(LOC). The AOR (Area Of Responsibility) of the Battalion ran along the LOC, which was also prone to infiltration from across the border. Besides undertaking planned counter-insurgency and counter-infiltration operations, the unit launched regular armed patrols to monitor its AOR. L/Nk Mukesh Kumar was part of one such patrol in the night of 17/18th Nov 2022 in Machil Sector. The designated route of the patrol passed through the rugged area and was also prone to avalanches. As the patrol was underway, one of the soldiers Gunner Souvik Hazra, complained of breathing difficulty. After the initial assessment, it was planned to evacuate him to the nearest post. On approaching the nearest post, the tail of the patrol party comprising L/Nk Mukesh Kumar and Naik Gaikwad Manoj Laxman Rao came under a massive snow slide. A search and rescue operation was launched immediately with specialized equipment and the troops from the nearest post also moved to undertake the operation.
Meanwhile, medical condition of Gunner Souvik Hazra, who was diagnosed with hyperthermia, started deteriorating. An air evacuation request was raised at about 10.30 am and he was evacuated to 168 Military Hospital, Kupwara where the brave-heart later succumbed to his medical condition. In the meantime, the search party at the snow slide site located Lance Naik Mukesh Kumar. He was moved to the nearby post and further evacuated to 168 MH, Kupwara at about 2.30 pm by helicopter. However Lance Naik Mukesh Kumar later succumbed to his medical condition at the Military Hospital. L/Nk Mukesh Kumar Lakhara was a valiant and dedicated soldier, who laid down his life in the line of his duty at the very young age of 22 years.
Lance Naik Mukesh Kumar Lakhara is survived by his father Shri Kishan Lal, mother and younger brother Ramdhan.