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Major Yogesh Gupta

Hailing from Haryana, Maj. Yogesh was born on 5th September 1973 in Jalandhar district, Punjab. With the initial schooling later, he joined Sainik school at Kapurthala. Making his vision clear to join the Armed Forces, he joined the prestigious National Defence Academy. And later graduated from Indian Military Academy, he was commissioned into 274 medium regiment as Lieutenant. A very jolly person in nature and loved by all and mostly passionate to serve for the country.

Service NoIC-57224Y
Birth PlaceJalandhar, Punjab
Unit274 Medium Regiment
RegimentThe Regiment Of Artillery
Date Of MartyrdomJuly 12, 2002

After putting a few years of service into his account, he was deputed with 25 RR in J&K for counter insurgency operations. During 2002, in Poonch District of J&K, where he was deputed got intelligence about presence of hardcore militants in Surankot area. The sector where Maj. Was deputed was known as a hotbed of terrorists and they have to be on alert all the time. Based on the inputs of intelligence 25 RR planned and launched an operation along with help of 9 Para and was given the name ‘Prachand Prahar’.

Major who was leading the team, reached the site around 0100hr. With the mindset to destroy and eliminate the terrorist, the operation was on its way. With hours of search, the contact with the terrorist happened at 0400hrs. On being challenged and asked to surrender, militants started fierce firing at the security forces. With bullets flowing all around, Major Yogesh received a few gunfire in his abdomen. However, despite being badly injured, he managed to eliminate 4 terrorists before taking his last breath at the military hospital. Major Yogesh Gupta was a brave soldier who led his team from front. Showing his skills in combat operations and without thinking of his own safety, he puts his men and country first like a true military leader. He displayed excellent courage and determination and laid down his life for the country’s service following the highest tradition of the Army.