Service No : 4093303X

Place of birth : Pauri Garhwal Dist

Service : Army

Last Rank : Paratrooper

Unit : 4 Para (SF)

Arm/Regt : The Parachute Regiment

Operation : CI & IS Ops

Awards : Sena Medal

Martyrdom : April 5, 2020

Paratrooper Amit Kumar SM

Paratrooper Amit Kumar hailed from Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. He was recruited into 16 Garhwal Rifles Battalion of the Garhwal Rifles Regiment, a well-known infantry Regiment of Indian Army. Later in the year 2012, he joined the 4 Para (SF) battalion of the Parachute Regiment, an elite infantry Regiment well known for its daredevil para commandos and numerous bold operations. He belonged to the 4 Para (SF) battalion of the Parachute Regiment, an elite infantry Regiment well known for its daredevil para commandos and numerous bold operations. Besides being a tough soldier, Ptr Amit Kumar was a person of cheerful disposition who always smiled even in the toughest of situations. He was an excellent runner and could walk with heaviest of weapons for kilometers during operations, when required. 

 

Operation "Rangdori Baihk" : 01-05 April 2020

 

During Apr 2020, Ptr Amit Kumar’s unit was deployed in the Kashmir valley for counter-insurgency operations. Ptr Amit Kumar in his fairly long service had taken part in numerous challenging operations and had gained substantial experience in counter-insurgency operations. Based on the information from the intelligence sources about the infiltration attempt by the terrorists in the Kupwara district, the security forces launched “Op Rangdori Baihk” on 01 Apr 2020. A movement had been noticed near the LOC on 1 April 2020 through drone imagery. This was confirmed on the ground with footprints in the snow not far from the Line of Control. This was followed by a brief exchange of fire with the soldiers of 8 Jat battalion after which the terrorists fled abandoning some of their bags containing ammo. At dawn on 02 April, troops from 41 and 57 Rashtriya Rifles too joined the operation. The troops once again established contact with the terrorists at about 4.30 pm. However the terrorists engaged in heavy fire before slipping off from a ledge. The chase continued, with contact established twice more on 03 and 04 April. It was then decided to launch Para commandos by dropping them by air near the suspected area. Ptr Amit Kumar became part of this operation launched by the 4 Para(SF) battalion. Based on the information gathered through UAVs(Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) of the Army intelligence network, the operation was planned on 04 Apr 2020 to foil an infiltration attempt in the Karen sector. Sub Sanjiv Kumar was tasked to lead that operation along with a team of para commandos including Ptr Amit Kumar. As the suspected area was snow-covered and inaccessible the assault team was planned to be airdropped to integrate an element of surprise too in the operation.

 

The two squads with six soldiers each of the elite para commandos led by Sub Sanjiv Kumar were airdropped by ALH -Dhruv Helicopter in the suspected area as planned in poor visibility conditions. The Dhruv helicopter dropped them off on a hill feature in waist deep snow. The team immediately set off for their mission, wading through 8-10 feet of snow. After nearly five hours, the lead scout Ptr Chhatrapal Singh noticed suspicious movement and alerted his team. After confirmation by the second scout, Ptr Bal Krishan about the presence of two terrorists, Sub Sanjiv Kumar quickly deployed his two squads tactically to close in from two sides. One squad was to attack from the front, while the other squad was tasked to climb onto the nearby heights and open fire as the support team when required. As Sub Sanjiv Kumar signaled his men to fire, heavy firing erupted at the terrorists sitting at the tree roots. But taking advantage of the darkness and thick foliage, the terrorist managed to escape. Tracking their movements further, it became clear that the terrorists had been cornered into a part of Kupwara’s dense Zurhama forest lower down the hill feature.

 

Finally a contact with the terrorists was established in the evening. Sub Sanjiv Kumar along with his squads then tried to close in with the terrorist location. He deployed the two squads on two spurs overlooking the nallah to have dominating position from two sides. However, the soldiers of the second squad comprising Sub Sanjiv Kumar, Hav Devendra Singh, Ptr Bal Krishan, Ptr Chhatrapal Singh, Ptr Amit Kumar and Ptr Sonam Tamang, realized too late that they were on an ice cornice, which was an overhanging mass of hardened snow at the edge of a mountain precipice. It broke under their weight and the leading scouts Ptr Chhatrapal Singh and Ptr Bal Krishan fell into a frozen mountain stream, right into where the terrorists were hiding. They were mercilessly fired upon by the terrorists. Sub Sanjiv Kumar along with Ptr Amit Kumar immediately surged ahead into the nallah to rescue them. Hav Devendra Singh who was carrying a radio set and also medical supplies followed Ptr Amit Kumar. While Ptr Amit Kumar provided covering fire, Sub Sanjiv Kumar unmindful of his personal safety, under intense fire from the terrorists evacuated one of the scouts from the contact site. He then moved forward to retrieve the other scout when he came under intense fire from the hiding terrorists. In the meantime, Ptr Amit Kumar was shot with several rounds injuring him seriously. Undeterred he kept on firing with his PIKA gun giving cover fire to Sub Sanjiv Kumar. When Hav Devendra Singh reached close to Ptr Amit Kumar, he found him severely injured  and decided to evacuate him after administering first aid. Realizing the imminent danger to his squad members, Sub Sanjiv Kumar charged towards the hiding terrorists and neutralized one terrorist at very close range. Thereafter, Sub Sanjiv Kumar in a daring act crawled towards the other terrorists and engaged them in hand-to-hand combat seriously injuring them. In the intense close-quarter fight that ensued, Sub Sanjiv Kumar sustained a gunshot wound. Hav Devendra Singh, Ptr Chhatrapal Singh and Ptr Bal Krishan succumbed to their injuries and were martyred in the battle zone itself. The other injured soldiers were airlifted to a nearby military hospital but they too succumbed to their grievous injuries and were martyred. Besides Ptr Amit Kumar the other martyred soldiers included Sub Sanjiv Kumar, Hav Devendra Singh, Ptr Bal Krishan and Ptr Chhatrapal Singh.

 

Ptr Amit Kumar was given the gallantry award, “Sena Medal” on 26 Jan 2021 for his exceptional courage, devotion to duty, and supreme sacrifice. Ptr Amit Kumar is survived by his mother Smt Bhagwati Devi.

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8 Comments
  • Gaurav Ranjan

    2023 at 8:34 pm Reply

    I will never forget you Hero, I will remember your name and deeds as long I’m alive

  • Ajay Sarkar

    2023 at 8:34 pm Reply

    Ptr. Amit Kumar first I salute you, for your bravery challenge for the nation. We will remember you whole life. People like you they never die, because of you people we are safe in our country. Ptr. Amit when you are facing enemies you people don’t scared of bullets there you only think about the nation. My heartfelt tributes to you. Regards Ajay Sarkar

  • pankaj Dhyani

    2023 at 8:35 pm Reply

    Amit Kumar , We called Him Tinku , A Brave Soldier with Big Heart , Who always smile in every situation, whenever meet Always crack Jokes , you all are our real Heros , salute you brother and missed you so much yaara , proud of you .

  • Nitin aswal

    2023 at 8:36 pm Reply

    A big salute to you brother , Uttarakhand is a land of gods and many brave soldier , I am always remember your sacrifice sir . You are a inspiration for our upcoming generation …..I tell you people always respect our armed forces,because of soldiers we all are live in our family happily ……always respect and do your contribution according to your wealthness……repect#jai hind sir

  • Chiranjeev Singh Bedi

    2023 at 8:36 pm Reply

    Salute & Tribute to the martyrdom of Paratrooper Amit Kumar of 4 Para SF, who eliminated terrorists during Operation Randori Behak at the mountains of Kupwara, Kashmir, and did supreme sacrifice during line of duty. My heart bleeds for his supreme sacrifice and bravado, and will always remember him, and his brave battalion. Salute to him. The brave die never, though they sleep in dust. Their courage nerves a thousand living men.

  • Bobby kalia

    2023 at 12:09 am Reply

    Salute to brave brother Ptr Amit kumar you are a brave soldier and hero of utrakhand land and hero of utrakhand young blood and also hero of our punjab young boys whos go to medical drugs side you are a real hero,Lots of love my brother with my heartly regards,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Bobby kalia

  • Bobby kalia

    2023 at 12:11 am Reply

    Amit kumar is a actual Hero of our land

  • varun kumar saxena

    2024 at 12:34 pm Reply

    you will be remebered forever for your sacrifice the bravehearts of our land

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