Date of Birth : 1979

Place of birth : Jammu Dist(J&K)

Service : Army

Last Rank : Naib Subedar

Unit : 14 Dogra

Arm/Regt : The Dogra Regiment

Operation : CI & IS Ops

Martyrdom : January 10, 2023

Nb Sub Parshotam Kumar

Nb Sub Parshotam Kumar hailed from  Majua Uttami village in Bishnah tehsil of Jammu district and was born in the year 1979. Like many young lads of his village, he too was fascinated with army life and nursed a dream of joining the army since his childhood. Consequently following his cream, he joined the army after completing his school education in the year 1996 at the age of 17 years. He was recruited into the 14 Dogra Battalion of the Dogra Regiment, an infantry regiment known for its gallant soldiers and numerous battle honours. 

 

After serving for a few years, he got married and the couple was also blessed with a daughter and son. By 2023, he had put in around 27 years of service in the Army and had been promoted to the rank of Naib Subedar. By that time he had evolved into an experienced Junior Commissioned Officer, having served in areas with different terrain and operational environments. 

 

Machhal sector Operation (J&K) : 10 Jan 2023

 

During Jan 2023, Nb Sub Parshotam Kumar’s unit 14 Dogra was deployed in Kupwara district of J&K. The unit troops besides manning the forward posts, were also engaged in counter-infiltration operations. The posts of the unit were located in high-altitude areas with inhospitable terrain and extreme weather conditions. In addition to manning the stationary posts, the unit launched regular armed patrols to monitor the area between the posts.  On 10 Jan 2023, Nb Sub Parshotam Kumar along with Hav Amrik Singh and Sepoy Amit Sharma were tasked to take over one of the forward posts falling in the AOR(Area of Responsibility) of the unit in Machhal Sector. Nb Sub Parshotam Kumar and his comrades set off for the post on the planned route in the evening of 10 Jan. 

 

The tracks to the forward posts passed through difficult terrain, dotted by sides with deep gorges and crevices. The soldiers had to exercise extreme caution while treading on these tracks. As Nb Sub Parshotam Kumar and other soldiers were moving towards the forward post, at about 5:30 PM in Machhal Sector, the snow along the narrow track gave way. As a result the soldiers lost their balance suddenly and slipped into a deep gorge. Consequently the soldiers got throwdown on to the rocks, and sustained serious injuries.  A rescue operation was launched by the unit, but the extreme weather conditions impeded the operation to extricate the soldiers. Nb Sub Parshotam Kumar and his comrades Hav Amrik Singh & Sepoy Amit Sharma, could not survive and were martyred. Eventually the bodies of the martyrs were recovered on 11 Jan 2023. Nb Sub Parshotam Kumar was a brave and determined Junior Commissioned Officer, who laid down his life in the line of his duty.

 

 Nb Sub Parshotam Kumar is survived by his wife and two children.

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2 Comments
  • Tathagat

    2023at1:23 am Reply

    Jai hind

  • Himanshu

    2023at6:49 pm Reply

    Dear Family,

    I hope this letter finds you well. I wanted to take a moment to express my deepest gratitude to you and your family for the immeasurable sacrifice that your beloved Nb Sub Parshotam Kumar made in service to our country.

    Words can hardly capture the depth of appreciation we have for individuals like him who selflessly dedicate their lives to safeguarding our nation’s borders. His unwavering commitment, courage, and sacrifice will forever be etched in our hearts and minds. His devotion to duty and the sacrifices he made inspire us all to strive for a better and safer future.

    Please know that his legacy of bravery and service will never be forgotten. I extend my heartfelt condolences to you and your family. May you find strength and solace in the memories you shared and the knowledge that his sacrifice has made a lasting impact.

    With the utmost respect and gratitude,

    Himanshu

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