Pune, 8th February 2022: Subedar Major Sanjay Kumar of 13th Battalion The Jammu and Kashmir Rifles who was awarded PARAM VIR CHAKRA, India’s highest gallantry award, for his selfless commitment and sacrifice in the face of enemy, has been posted as Instructor and a role model for the cadets at the National Defence Academy (NDA).
Today, the Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) has been promoted to the rank of ‘Subedar Major’ by Air Marshal Sanjeev Kapoor, Commandant, NDA for his continued dedication and devotion to the service.
Subedar Major Sanjay Kumar, PVC was enrolled as a young rifleman in 13th Battalion of The Jammu and Kashmir Rifles. On 04 July 1999, during the Operation Vijay, the young soldier volunteered to be the leading scout of the attacking column tasked to capture area Flat Top of Point 4875 in the Mushkoh Valley.
The attacking column was stalled by the enemy’s heavy automatic fire from one of the sangars, Rifleman Sanjay Kumar realizing the gravity of the situation and with utter disregard to his personal safety, charged at the enemy. In the ensuing hand-to-hand combat, he killed three of the intruders and was himself seriously injured. Despite his injuries, he charged onto the second sangar. Taken totally by surprise, the enemy left behind a Universal Machine Gun and started running. Rifleman Sanjay Kumar picked up the UMG and killed the fleeing enemy. Although bleeding profusely, he refused to be evacuated. The brave action on his part motivated his comrades and they took no notice of the treacherous terrain and charged onto the enemy and wrested the area Flat Top from the hands of the enemy.
“He will be a source of inspiration and a living example of true military ethos, courage and valour for the future leadership of Indian Armed Forces training at NDA”, a press release from the academy stated.