Place of Birth : Kaithal, Haryana

Service: Army

Last Rank : Rifleman

Unit : 6 RR

Arm/Regt : The Rajputana Rifles

Date of Martyrdom : Aug 18, 2018

Rifleman Rajesh Poonia

Rifleman Rajesh Poonia hailed from Bhagal village in Guhla Tehsil, in Kaithal district of Haryana. He was born to Sri Bhag Singh Poonia and Smt Krishna Devi and was the eldest among two sons. He joined the Army in 2015 and was enrolled into 6 Raj Rif unit of the famed Rajputana Rifles Regiment, an infantry regiment known for its gallant soldiers and various battle honours.


Kaksar Incident: 18th Aug 2018


During 2018, Rifleman Rajesh Poonia’s unit was deployed in Kakar region of Ladakh along the LOC. On 18th August 2018, he was performing patrol duty at about 18000 feet in the area, dotted with dangerous slopes, gorges, and slippery terrain. To make the matter worse the weather often played the role of the enemy with temperature going down to sub-zero and visibility dropping to almost nil. Rifleman Rajesh Poonia also became the victim of the weather at that altitude when he slipped on the icy slopes due to poor weather conditions and fell into a gorge 300 m down. He got severely injured and later succumbed to his injuries. Rifleman Rajesh Poonia was a valiant and committed soldier who laid down his life in the line of his duty.


During his funeral at his ancestral village, amid the loud chants of ‘Rajesh Poonia Amar Rahe,’ the grief-stricken mother made a very brave statement saying: ” I am proud of my son’s martyrdom and I am ready to send even my second son to the army to serve the nation.” Rifleman Rajesh Poonia is survived by his father Sri Bhag Singh Poonia, mother Smt Krishna Devi and brother Rampal.

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  • Kavita Kamtikar

    2018 at 11:21 pm Reply

    My dear brother, your countrymen are extremely proud of you. It takes the supreme sacrifice of Bharat Mata’s brave sons and daughters for people like to live in peace and safety.

    Jai Hind!

  • Kamal Bisla

    2018 at 4:22 pm Reply

    Salute to the Hero.His family needs Financial help so I request that govt should help his family.They are living in very poor condition.They even Don’t have a proper house to live.

  • Sreekar Jonnala

    2018 at 6:50 pm Reply

    As a fellow Indian we are very proud of you and hope Indian govt will fully equip all soldiers to fight with all types of weather conditions soon enough

  • Hari ram

    2019 at 1:53 pm Reply

    My salute

  • Rohan Kadam

    2019 at 2:20 pm Reply

    Grand Salut

  • Sushil Kumar Sharma

    2019 at 12:56 pm Reply

    Jai Jawan, Jai Hind

  • Sudip Kar Gupta

    2019 at 10:45 am Reply

    Our brave brother, May your soul rest in peace. Your supreme sacrifice for our motherland will be remembered for ever with highest respect.

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