Thu. Oct 6th, 2022
Naik Digendra Kumar

Digendra Kumar, another hero from the Kargil Operation is celebrated for his bravery and courage. He is known for his role in Operation Pawan and the Kargil Conflict.

Digendra Kumar was born on 3rd July 1969, in the village of Jhalara, Tehsil Neem-Ka-Thana in the Sikar District in Rajasthan, India. He was born in a Jat Family. His father was Shivdan Singh, who was a strong Adherent of the Arya Samaj. Shivdan Singh had joined the Indian army, and during the war of 1948 between India and Pakistan, Shivdan was severely injured. His mother’s name was Rajkaur. Kumar had three children, one daughter (Samita) and two sons (Japender and Mahaveer).

Kumar joined the second Battalion of the Rajputana Rifles on 3 September 1985. In the wake of preparing, his contingent was presented in Kashmir. In 1987 he was chosen for the Indian Army Peace Keeping Force and he participated in Operation Pawan in Sri Lanka. Operation Pawan was the code name allotted to tasks by the Indian Peace Keeping Force to assume responsibility for Jaffna from the LTTE in late 1987, upholding the demobilization of the LTTE as a piece of the Indo-Sri Lankan Accord.

Subsequent to battling that went on for around three weeks, the IPKF assumed responsibility for the Jaffna Peninsula from the LTTE, something that the Sri Lankan armed force had endeavored and neglected to accomplish for quite a while. Bolstered by Indian armed force tanks, helicopter gunships, and substantial ordnance, the IPKF steered the LTTE, in spite of the fact that they lost 214 troopers all the while. Kumar and his fellow companions were allotted to watch prevailing zones in Tamil. Five Tamil aggressors terminated and murdered five officers from Kumar’s crew.

Consequently, Kumar and the rest of the warriors of his crew followed the aggressors into the place of an MLA. Notwithstanding, the MLA contradicted the activity, and in the following firefight the MLA, alongside the five Tamil aggressors, was slaughtered. This caused some contention, and Kumar was punished and remanded. In the meantime, 36 officers of the tenth Parachute Regiment were caught and held by the LTTE. Lt. Gen. A.S. Kalkat allotted the assignment of liberating them to Kumar. Kumar took with him 50 kg ammo and a few bread rolls and cruised up the stream. Kumar spared the warriors (who had been held in the timberland for 72 hours), crushed a significant ammo warehouse, and killed 39 activists.

Major Vivek Gupta, of the second Battalion of the Rajputana Rifles and his organization, was given the undertaking of recovering Point 4590 on Tololing Hill in the Dras sector. The objective was to catch the foe post, situated at a high elevation (15,000 feet). Kumar instructed the Light Machine Gun Group during his organization’s ambush. There were others in the commando pack along with Kumar at that time. The Pakistani armed force had made 11 dugouts on the Tololing ridge. Kumar was to focus on the first and the last shelters. Different commandos were to focus on the staying 9 fortifications. On 13 June 1999, while approaching its goal, the Assault Group went under enemy fire and took losses. Subedar Bhanwar Lal Bhakar, Lance Naik Jasvir Singh, Naik Surendra, and Naik Chaman Singh were completely murdered.

Major Vivek Gupta himself was murdered by a slug twisted to the head. In spite of the fact that Kumar was hit by a shot in his left arm, he continued discharging on the adversary with his light automatic weapon. His fire encouraged his men’s headway, permitting them to genuinely ambush the adversary position and clear the zone after a hand-to-hand battle. He was answerable for slaughtering 48 Pakistani warriors without any assistance and got absolute 18 shots on his body shield.

The country’s second-most noteworthy wartime valor grant, the Mahavir Chakra, was granted to Kumar on 15 August 1999, for brave activities and administration to his nation during the Kargil War, explicitly by possessing Tololing Hill. Kumar was granted the Sena Medal in 1993 for his enemy of fear-based oppressor tasks in the Kupwara zone of Jammu-Kashmir. In 1994 his administrations were acknowledged for recovering the Hazratbal Shrine from psychological militants. Moreover, his character was portrayed by Avtar Gill in the famous Bollywood movie, LOC Kargil.