Thursday, January 26, 2012

Army Heroes Honoured On Republic Day

The Indian government today conferred peacetime gallantry awards on four Army officers (clockwise from top left): Lt Navdeep Singh (Ashok Chakra, Posthumous), Lt Col Kamaldeep Singh (Kirti Chakra), Lt Sushil Khajuria (Kirti Chakra, Posthumous), Captain Ashutosh Kumar (Kirti Chakra). Here are their award citations in full:

Lieutenant Navdeep Singh was Ghatak Platoon Commander of 15 Maratha Light Infantry deployed in the High Altitude Area near the Line of Control. On receiving information about the infiltration of a group of terrorists at about 0030 hours on 20 August 2011, the officer gauged the likely route of the terrorists and laid an ambush at the appropriate spot. When the terrorists were spotted, the ambush was sprung by the officer himself. An exchange of intense fire ensued. Leading from the front, the officer eliminated three terrorists at close range. On seeing another terrorist approaching their position, with utter disregard to his personal safety, the officer swiftly changed his firing position. While doing so, he got hit by a bullet on his head. He nevertheless managed to eliminate the fourth terrorist. Further, displaying utmost bravery and comradeship, he pulled an injured fellow-soldier to safety and kept firing till he became unconscious due to excessive blood loss. Lieutenant Navdeep Singh displayed his indomitable spirit, determination and exceptional bravery while putting down the terrorists and making the supreme sacrifice for the nation.

Lt Col Kamaldeep Singh, 18 RR Bn, was mission Cdr for Op Maidanpura on 15 July 2011. On receipt of hard intelligence of presence of five hardcore terrorists in the area in Dist Kupwara, Jammu and Kashmir, the officer, at 2250 hours led five quick reaction teams and established cordon of target house. After confirmation of presence of terrorists, he tightened the cordon with another seventeen quick reaction teams, thereby sealing all possible exit routes and evacuated five civilians held hostage. While under fire, he readjusted his cordon parties to effectively engage the terrorists leading to immediate elimination of two terrorists. The Officer while in close cordon sited a terrorist bringing down heavy fire onto the cordon party. The Officer while controlling the operation himself maneuvered to an advantageous position through deft battle craft, eliminated one hard core terrorist and seriously decapacitated another. In an operation lasting over two days, he displayed absolute calmness, exemplary tactical acumen, and motivated his troops leading by personal example. For his professional acumen, astute leadership, indomitable courage and personal bravery which led to elimination of five hardcore terrorists, Lt Col Kamaldeep Singh is recommended for the award of ‘KIRTI CHAKRA’.

Based on receipt of specific information from own and police sources about the presence of armed cadres of Terrorists in general area Rangpisso Gaon, a joint search operation was launched under Capt Ashutosh Kumar with strength of one JCO and fifteen ORs alongwith a police team. At 0430 hrs while own troops were cordoning the village, move of suspected individuals was noticed. On being challenged, the individuals started firing indiscriminately at close to the terrorists making use of thick foliage and despite being under heavy effective fire, fired at the terrorists, killing one of them and injuring another who later succumbed to his injuries. The rest of the terrorists panicked and tried to escape while spraying heavy volume of bullets towards own troops. Determined not to let the fleeing terrorists escape, the officer ordered his troops to change position and pursue the escaping terrorists that led to the killing of one more terrorist by his party while apprehending one cadre alive. Arms and Ammunition, money and other war like stores were recovered from the slain terrorists. In the face of extreme adversity, inhospitable terrain, and stringent human rights regulations, the officer displayed utmost physical courage killing two dreaded terrorists included Commander. In addition, the officer displayed inspiring leadership and utmost tactical acumen in executing the operation leading to the killing of another terrorist and apprehending one alive, ensuring no collateral damage. This act of the officer is testimony to his dauntless courage, determination and professionalism for which Capt Ashutosh Kumar is recommended for the award of ‘KIRTI CHAKRA’.

Lt Sushil Khajuria while leading his team in a search operation in the main area in district Kupwara, Jammu and Kashmir came face to face with two terrorists. Displaying exceptional presence of mind he opened fire on them allowing his team to take cover. In the prolonged fire fight, the officer advanced from cover to cover and with unflinching resoluteness and raw courage, closed in and eliminated the terrorist from close range. The other terrorist brought down intense fire on the team. Sensing danger, the officer exhibiting conspicuous bravery of highest order immediately engaged and forced the terrorist to retreat. He pursued the terrorist, using the difficult folds in the ground, approached from an unexpected direction and personally eliminated the second terrorist. The officer, displaying exceptional sense of responsibility and camaraderie as a true leader unmindful of his personal safety immediately crawled forward to evacuate one of his injured colleague upholding the highest traditions of the Indian Army. For his act of conspicuous gallantry, exceptional leadership and camaraderie in the highest traditions of Army, Lt Sushil Khajuria is recommended for the award of ‘KIRTI CHAKRA (POSTHUMOUS)’.


An Indian said...

We all Indian common Citizen,salute to these Martyrs..they just gave their life for our safety and integrity ....also salute to their Families for the hardship and the immense pain..these families will carry for ever.Can't write more ...due to my tears coming down thru my eyes...just Salute to these brave-hearts.


Anonymous said...

sir can u please upload photos of every thing displayed in r day especially armoured units

Sandeep Gupta said...

Our valiant men tirelessly defend our borders caring little for their life. There are several examples to show us that they have shown steadfast courage and determination while defending our borders. These men in uniform do not do this for name or fame they consider it a sacred duty. Our valiant soldiers show their mettle in peace and in war. With them at the border, we are sure to have peace at our homes. Peace and tranquility in Valley is not due to some people who know how to use different phraseology but is due to distinguished vigilance of defence forces. May God give them more strength to defend our borders from any adversaries.

Our warm salute to the parents of the valiant offier. God may grant him peace to his soul in His Abode.

Anonymous said...

नमन तुम्हें, जिनकी बदौलत हम आराम फरमाते हैं. नमन.

satya said...

hi shiv i was a batchmate of LT.navdeep during the army selection.i have a group photo of us which i would like to share.can you give me more details on how to send the can reach me at

Mr. Ra said...

My salutes to them.

Jith said...


Anonymous said...

Why not respect these heroes than the idiotic and worthless cricket team? I have never understood the psyche of my own people.

Anonymous said...

What is sad here is that probably most of these valiant souls could have been saved had they been equipped with 'good' personnel security stop bullets.

My guess is they were not adequately protected.

Decades have gone by but the army cannot equip even its elite infantry units (let alone the entire army) with decent self-protection gear.

It is worth noting that most US casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan are due to IEDs..simply because normal insurgent bullets don't pierce the american soldiers vests.

I can give it in writing that had the Indian army been in Iraq and Afganistan then we would have been more effective (better and braver soldiers no doubt)...but our casualties would have been horrendous.

When will the indian army learn to protect its family?

very sad...nothing has changed in the last 2 decades.


Anonymous said...

Hey shiv where is Mmrca . This month is almost at its end.

Anonymous said...

I salute all of you and admire your bravery for the country.

It was pleasure meeting you Kamaldeep Ji in train today.


Bob said...

Great Salute to the Army soldiers who gave their lives in battle...!!!