Naik Dipak Kumar Maity belonged to Masagram village in the West Midnapore district of West Bengal. Naik Dipak had joined the army in 1997 and was recruited into the Regiment of Artillery, an important combat support arm of the Indian Army.
|Place of Birth||West Bengal|
|Unit||54 Fd Regt|
|Regiment||Regiment of Artillery|
|Date of Martyrdom||3rd June 2017|
In 2017, Naik Dipak Kumar’s unit was deployed in J&K and was engaged in counter-insurgency operations. On 3rd June 2017, an army convoy had set off from Udhampur to undertake operations in Srinagar. Naik Dipak Kumar was part of that team. When the convoy reached the lower Munda area about 70 km from Srinagar along the national highway in Qazigund town in the Anantnag district, they were attacked at around 11:15 am by militants in a pre-planned move. The militants were hiding in safe places behind the bushes and used automatic weapons to attack the convoy. The troops were though taken aback swung into action and launched a counter-attack immediately. A fierce gun battle ensued thereafter with a heavy exchange of fire. But during the exchange of fire six soldiers got seriously injured and were evacuated to the Military Hospital at Badamibag in Srinagar. However, Naik Dipak Kumar and Gunner Manivannan G later succumbed to their injuries and were martyred.
Naik Dipak was a brave and disciplined soldier. Naik Dipak Kumar Maity is survived by his wife Smt Rikta Maity and daughter Riya.