Captain Pawan Kumar, 22 died fighting terrorists on Sunday in Pampore in the Kashmir valley. He was an elite Para commando. Incidentally, he belongs to two constituencies that are currently mired in unrest and agitation. He is a Jat from Jind district in Haryana and a degree holder from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in Delhi.
He is one of the four security personnel killed in the operations at Pampore where terrorists are holed up in a government building. “He was killed as he was leading his men. The operation was tricky as possibility of some civilians being trapped in was not ruled out,” one officer said.
On hearing about his son’s death, Capt. Kumar’s father Rajbir Singh’s first said, “I had one child, I gave him to the Army, to the nation. No father can be prouder. He was destined to be in the Army as he was born on Army Day,” he added.
On his death, Captain Kumar’s father’s comments could not be any starker to the developments in his home state Haryana, which is burning due to agitation by the Jat community demanding reservation and as JNU in Delhi boils with debates of anti-nationalism.
As the situation unfolded in Haryana on Friday, the civilian administration quickly requisitioned the Army. It should be noted that India has one of the largest Central Armed Police Forces and Para Military Forces but once again — reinforcing a growing trend — the Army became the primary responder.
According to Army officials, he had taken part in two successful operations earlier in which three terrorists were killed — including the operation on February 15 in Pulwama in which one terrorist and two civilians were killed.
Capt. Kumar was born on January 15, 1993, observed as the Army Day, graduated from the 123 course of the National Defence Academy and was commissioned into the Army on December 14, 2013. He was with the 10 Para Special Forces and in service for less than three years, reported The Hindu.
Think Change India salutes his bravery and appreciates his selfless service in the safety of the nation.