Indian Army soldier and Junior Commissioned Officer Naib Subedar Sanjay Kumar received the Param Vir Chakra, India’s highest military honour.
Sanjay Kumar was born in the village Kalol Bakain in Bilaspur District of Himachal Pradesh. He used to drive a cab in New Delhi before he joined the army. His application was rejected three times before he was finally selected to join the army.
Kargil Battle Story
His unit, the 13th Battalion of the Jammu and Kashmir Rifles, was part of a task force charged with capturing the vital enemy stronghold of Area Flat Top in the Kargil War of June to July 1999. Pakistan maintained control of the area. The team was pinned down by machine-gun fire from an enemy bunker, about 150 meters away, having scaled the cliff.
Realizing the importance of the situation and the possible disadvantage that this bunker would have in the successful Realizing the gravity of the situation and the importance of this bunker in the conquest of Area Flat Top, Kumar crept alone up the ledge, around a flank, and raced into the enemy bunker amidst a hail of automatic fire. Almost instantaneously, he was hit by two gunshots in the chest and forearm, causing him to bleed profusely.
Despite the fact that he was bleeding from his gunshot wounds, he maintained his assault towards the bunker. He killed three enemy soldiers in hand-to-hand combat. He then grabbed an enemy machine gun and sneaked towards the enemy’s second bunker. He killed the opposing soldiers as they departed their station, taking them totally by surprise. The remainder of the platoon was inspired by his performance and charged, stormed the feature, and seized Area Flat Top.
On July 4, 1999, Rifleman Sanjay Kumar volunteered to be the main scout of the offensive column tasked with capturing the Flat Top of Point 4875 in the Mushkoh Valley. Rifleman Sanjay Kumar saw the seriousness of the situation and, in total disregard of his personal safety, attacked the enemy during his attack when the enemy’s automatic fire from a sangar was stiffly opposed and stopped the column. Three of the invaders he killed and badly hurt himself in the subsequent hand-to-hand fight. He charged the second sangar despite his wounded. The adversary abandoned a Universal Machine Gun completely taken by surprise and proceeded to operate.
Sanjay Kumar, a rifleman, took up the UMG and killed the fleeing adversary. Despite the fact that he was bleeding severely, he refused to be evacuated. The heroic move on his part inspired his colleagues, and they ignored the hazardous terrain and surged against the enemy, wresting the region Flat Top from the enemy’s grasp.
In the face of the enemy, Rifleman Sanjay Kumar exhibited remarkable bravery, calm courage, and dedication to duty of the highest order.
Kumar’s experience, along with that of others involved in the same battle, was depicted in the film LOC Kargil, in which he was played by Sunil Shetty.