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Lt Col Sankalp Kumar belonged to Ranchi in Jharkhand. He was commissioned into 24 Punjab of the Punjab Regiment.   

Service Number IC-58918L 
Rank Lieutenant Colonel 
Unit 24 Punjab 
Regiment Punjab Regiment 
Award Shaurya Chakra 
Date of Martyrdom 5th December 2014 

On 5th December 2014, Lt Col Sankalp Kumar was leading a column as part of the operation launched to neutralize terrorist attack on the army camp of 31 Field Regiment at Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir. At 0550 hours Lt Col Sankalp Kumar along with Havildar Subhash Chand and Lance Naik Gurmail Singh came under effective fire. Thereafter, terrorists lobbed grenades and fired a volley of bursts grievously injuring Lt Col Sankalp Kumar. With utter disregard for his safety, Lt Col Sankalp Kumar continued to engage the terrorists who intended to cause more casualties to own troops. Lt Col Sankalp Kumar successfully pinned down the terrorist with effective fire thereby resulting in his subsequent elimination. However, Lt Col Sankalp Kumar got severely injured during the operation and was martyred.  

Lt Col Sankalp Kumar was awarded “Shaurya Chakra” posthumously. 

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