Sanjay Kumar (soldier)

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Sanjay Kumar
Born (1976-03-03) March 3, 1976 (age 38)
Klol Bukiana, Bilaspur district, Himachal Pradesh
Allegiance India
Service/branch Indian Army
Rank Lance Naik
Battles/wars Kargil War
Awards Param Vir Chakra

Rifleman Sanjay Kumar, PVC (b. 3 March 1976[1]) is an Indian Army soldier and recipient of the Param Vir Chakra, India's highest military award.


Kumar was born in the village Klol Bukiana in Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh.

On July 4, 1999, as a member of the 13th Battalion, Jammu & Kashmir Rifles, he was the leading scout of a team tasked to capturing Area Flat Top, during the Kargil War. The area was held by Pakistani troops. Having scaled the cliff, the team was pinned down by machine gun fire from an enemy bunker, about 150 meters away.

Kumar, realizing the magnitude of the problem and the detrimental effect this bunker would have in the capture of Area Flat Top, crawled alone up the ledge, along a flank, and charged towards the enemy bunker through a hail of automatic fire. Almost instantly he took two bullets in his chest and forearm that left him bleeding profusely.

Though bleeding from the bullet wounds, he continued the charge towards the bunker. In hand-to-hand fighting, he killed three enemy soldiers. He then picked up an enemy machine gun and crept towards the second enemy bunker. The enemy soldiers, taken completely by surprise, were killed by him as they fled their post. Inspired by his act the rest of the platoon charged, assaulted the feature and captured Area Flat Top.

In popular culture[edit]

Kumar's story along with others who were part of the same conflict was portrayed in the film LOC Kargil, in which his character was played by Sunil Shetty.

Controversy: Double Demotion[edit]

In 2010 Kumar was demoted two ranks from Havildar to Lance Naik.[2] The army refused to cite any reasons for his demotion. Moreover, the army concealed the facts by continuing to refer to him as Havildar in press releases. Recipients of the Param-Vir Chakra are saluted irrespective of rank, which is alleged to be the bone of contention between Kumar and senior officers.[2] Kumar was offered a job by the Himachal Pradesh Government, and may accept this offer after completing his 17 years service (for receiving post retirement benefits) in the army.[2]


  1. ^ "Param Vir Chakra Winner of Bilaspur (H.P.)". 2013. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Dutta, Anshuman G. (27 January 2010). "Double demotion for Kargil hero". Mid Day. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 

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