Place of birth : Maharajganj Dist, UP

Service : Army

Last Rank : Naik

Arm/Regt : The JAK Rifles

Operation : CI & IS Ops

Martyrdom : November 27, 2020

Naik Prem Bahadur Khatri

Naik Prem Bahadur Khatri hailed from Sarojni Nagar village in Maharajganj district of Uttar Pradesh. He joined the Army after completing his school education at the age of 19 years. He was recruited into 18 JAK Rif battalion of the Jammu and Kashmir Rifles Regiment, an infantry, an infantry Regiment known for its brave soldiers and rich history of various battle honours.


Cross-Border Firing (Sunderbani Sector): 27 Nov 2020


During Nov 2020, Naik Prem Bahadur Khatri’s unit was deployed in Rajouri district of J&K. The unit troops were manning the forward posts in the Sunderbani sector along the LOC. The LOC remained highly active and volatile with ceasefire violations occurring very often and without any warning. The year 2019 witnessed the highest number of ceasefire violations — 3289 — by Pakistani troops since 2003. Similarly the year 2020 too continued with ceasefire violations and the number exceeded 1400 by Sep 2020. In yet another case of ceasefire violation, Pakistani troops opened unprovoked fire in Sunderbani sector along the LOC on 27 Nov 2020.


On 27 Nov 2020, Pakistan Army troops initiated unprovoked firing on Indian posts from across the border in Sunderbani Sector of Rajouri district. During that period, Naik Prem Bahadur Khatri was manning one of the forward posts along the Line of Control in the Sunderbani sector. The Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire and resorted to heavy cross border firing using small arms, mortars and field guns. Indian army responded in a befitting manner to the Pakistani aggression and consequently, a heavy exchange of fire ensued thereafter, which continued intermittently for several hours. However, during this heavy exchange of fire, Naik Prem Bahadur Khatri and Sep Sukhbir Singh got severely injured. They were evacuated and shifted to the Army medical facility for medical treatment. However they later succumbed to their injuries and were martyred. Naik Prem Bahadur Khatri was a gallant and dedicated soldier, who laid down his life in the line of his duty. 

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  • Basavaraj Hiremath

    2021at7:44 pm Reply

    A big salute to the bravest soldier for your service to the nation. May the nation be inspired by you to serve our nation.

  • Ritesh Alva

    2021at3:12 pm Reply

    If it weren’t for service people like you, we wouldn’t have the freedoms we have in our country. What you do for the people of our country is a great sacrifice.
    You are the kind of hero I look up to. Service to one’s country that ends so tragically is the highest form of patriotism.

  • Mayank Tripathi

    2021at8:24 am Reply

    I will try in this life to be as brave as you sir, even if that sounds like next to impossible.
    I hope your family heals from your loss and moves ahead stronger. Jai hind.

  • Azher Khan

    2021at5:54 pm Reply

    Giving a life for the country is the greatest act of patriotism and your valour is evident from what you gave up brother. People of our country and the generations to come shall remain indebted to you and your family forever! Jai Hind

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