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Naik Rakesh Kumar belonged to Dhirdesar village of Bikaner district in Rajasthan. He belonged to 11 Grenadiers of the famed Grenadiers regiment. During 2017-18, Naik Rakesh Kumar’s unit was deployed in the North East.  

Service Number 2695302 Y 
Place of Birth Rajasthan 
Rank Naik 
Unit 11 Grenadiers 
Regiment Grenadiers 
Date of Martyrdom 24th January 2018 

On 24th January 2018, credible information was received from the intelligence sources about the presence of militants in the Namsai district of Arunachal Pradesh. The security forces decided to launch a combing operation to nab the militants. When the army convoy of 11 Grenadiers was returning after conducting an operation against militants an “Improvised Explosive Device” (IED) blast was triggered by ULFA (I) militants. 11 Grenadiers Regiment, which came under attack, immediately launched attack after the IED blast. The Army troops cordoned off the area and launched the operation against the militants, hiding in the nearby forest area.  

During the heavy exchange of fire, Naik Rakesh Kumar got seriously wounded and later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. 

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