New Delhi: India’s highest gallantry award Param Vir Chakra awardee Sanjay Kumar of 13th Battalion, The Jammu and Kashmir Rifles will be posted in National Defence Academy, Pune as an Instructor and a role model for the cadets. The Junior Commissioned Officer was today promoted to the rank of ‘Subedar Major’ by Air Marshal Sanjeev Kapoor, Commandant, NDA for his continued dedication and devotion to the service.
The Commandant underlined that the Param Vir Chakra awardee 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.
Enrolled as a young rifleman in the 13th Battalion of The Jammu and Kashmir Rifles during Operation Vijay in 1999, Subedar Major Sanjay Kumar, PVC, volunteered to be the leading scout of the attacking column tasked to capture area Flat Top of Point 4875 in the Mushkoh. He showed a great display of valour and bravery by utter disregarding his personal safety and charging at the enemy.
Rifleman Sanjay Kumar killed three of the intruders.
Despite being seriously injured, Rifleman Sanjay Kumar 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.
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