As India celebrates 71 years of Independence, Republic TV celebrated the unsung heroes of the nation who have faced hardships and have fought bravely for the safety and security of the nation over the years in a special show called 'Heroes of India'. Republic TV spoke to Subedar Sanjay Kumar, who brought down three Pakistani enemies in combat he single-handedly dealt.
Subedar Sanjay Kumar is an Indian Army soldier and recipient of the Param Vir Chakra- India's highest military award. He was only 23-years-old during the Kargil War and is one of the only serving awardees in the Indian Army. Talking about the Kargil war, he said the mission would not have been a success without the help of his colleagues and seniors who planned the mission.
Subedar Sanjay Kumar had climbed on top of a cliff during the Kargil war from where a machine gun was constantly being fired. He went all by himself up on the ledge and brought down three Pakistani enemies. Talking about the incident, Subedar Sanjay Kumar said that even though the climate and terrain were not conducive, the Indian army proceeded towards the enemy bunker and recaptured the land held by the Pakistani troop.
“The main plan of the operation was for the night of July 4. However, our plan failed as there was constant firing and we misjudged the firing. So, we walked towards the enemy troop the whole night and had casualties by morning," Subedar said.
Subedar recollects that the Indian army commander had told him that if they wait until the next evening to launch an attack, they would not have any soldiers left with them. So Subedar Sanjay Kumar decided to take a risk of conducting the attack in the morning, at any given opportunity available.
They conducted the operation in the morning, which helped them reach closer to the enemy bunker. Subedar Kumar and another soldiers reached the closest to the first enemy bunker and took away the guns from the enemy, through a grenade attack. Kumar killed three Pakistani enemies single handedly in the combat.
After that, the brave soldier who was awarded the Param Vir Chakra led the rest of the team to the second enemy bunker and recaptured the land held by the Pakistani troop. Subedar Sanjay Kumar is a member of the 13 JAK rifle unit. It is one of the two units which have two Param Vir Chakra Awardees.
Talking about army battles the Subedar said, “Battles are like the Chakravyuh in Mahabharath. You will have the help of your battalion to enter a battlefield, but you have to plan your exit, while on the field. While, you are 500 meters away from the enemy, at that moment, time is of sense and you need to think quick of your plan of action,” he said.