Service No : 14702481

Place of birth : Kendujhar(Odisha)

Service : Army

Last Rank : Sepoy

Unit : 2 Naga

Arm/Regt : The Naga Regiment

Operation : Op Vijay ( Kargil )

Martyrdom : July 7, 1999

Sepoy Ratan Kumar Pradhan

Sepoy Ratan Kumar Pradhan hailed from Barbil town of Kendujhar district in Odisha. He joined the army after completing his school education and was recruited into the 2nd Battalion of the Naga Regiment, one of the youngest regiments of the Indian Army. The second battalion (2 Naga) was raised on 11 February 1985 at  Haldwani, with the motto of the regiment being Parakramo vijayate meaning "Valour triumphs" and the battle cry being Jai Durga Naga meaning "Victory to Durga Naga".


Battle of Point 4875 (Kargil War): 05-07 Jul 1999


During July 1999, Sep RK Pradhan’s unit 2 Naga was deployed in the Drass sector of J & K along the LOC. In May 1999, the Indian Army detected a massive infiltration by the Pakistani military and paramilitary forces in the Kargil region of Jammu and Kashmir. The Indian Army quickly mobilized its forces to drive out the Pakistani infiltrators from Indian territory and launched "Operation Vijay". By 05 July 1999, the Indian Army had carried out many successful operations and reoccupied various militarily significant positions. After the capture of the 'Tiger Hill' on 05 July 1999, the next major objective was to capture Point 4875, a feature that dominated the national highway from Mugalpur to Drass, a stretch of approximately 30 km. A feature called 'Rocky Knob' linked it with 'Tiger Hill' and provided an approach to the main administrative base of the enemy. Pt 4875 was divided into many parts which were held by the enemy and included Whaleback, Pimple 1 and Pimple 2, Pt 4875 Southern Slope, and Flat Top and the Northern side was named as Twin Bumps and Saddle. The attack was planned in two phases with the elements of 17 Jat, 12 Mahar, 13 JAK Rif, 21 Para(SF), and 2 Naga. 


In Phase-I, 17 Jat was to capture 'Pimple 1' and 'Whale Back' from the south by 05 July. 13 JAK Rif was to capture 'South Spur' from the southeast in the same timeframe. In Phase 2, 17 Jat battalion was to capture 'Pimple 2' and 13 JAK Rif was to capture 'Flat Top' by 07 July. 2 Naga battalion was to capture 'Twin Bumps' by first light of 07 July and exploit towards the northwest. After successful achievement of the objective in Phase 1, Phase 2 commenced on the night of 05/06 July with Sep RK Pradhan and his comrades launching a fierce attack on enemy positions. Despite stiff enemy opposition, Sep RK Pradhan and other soldiers of 2 Naga made steady progress and captured the objective as planned by 07 July. Subsequently, the capture of 'Twin Bumps' by 2 Naga enabled them to launch a raid on the enemy mortar position and destroy it. This firm base was again used to launch attacks on 'Rocky Knob' 'Hump' and 'Tip' by the 2 Naga battalion. Thus the capture of 'Twin Bumps' by Sep RK Pradhan and his comrades played a pivotal role in the success of subsequent operations. However, during the battle, Sep RK Pradhan and many of his comrades got seriously injured and later succumbed to their injuries. Besides Sep RK Pradhan, the other martyred soldiers of 2 Naga during the entire operation included Hav Molan Pun Nagar, Nk Anand Singh, Nk HB Ghale, Naik Devender Singh, Lance Naik SC Prasad, Sep S Gerneithang, Sep Sanjay Gurung, Sep Mohan Singh, Sep Suresh Chhetri, Sep Rajesh Gurung, Sep Kailash Kumar, Sep NGBB Mayon, Sep Himmat Singh, Sep Kishan Singh, and Sep Jai Singh Negi.  


Thus the Battle of Point 4875 was one of the most significant battles, where Sep Ratan Kumar Pradhan fought valiantly and achieved the objective at the cost of his life. Sep Ratan Kumar Pradhan was a valiant and committed soldier, who laid down his life in the line of his duty. 

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