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‘Flying with a hero’, IndiGo crew performs heartwarming gesture for Kargil War Hero


Subedar Major Sanjay Kumar, recipient of the Param Vir Chakra, was recently a guest on a Sunday flight operated by IndiGo. The flight crew congratulated the combat hero before takeoff as he flew in a plane headed for Pune. A video of it was posted by Indigo to its Twitter account. Captain Edsel could be seen in the video providing the flying instructions before welcoming Mr Kumar on board and sharing his experience fighting a battle at the border. The airline staff gave Mr Kumar a tiny gift.

The captain announced, “Today, we have a very special person with us…we have Subedar Major Sanjay Kumar ji, a recipient of the Param Vir Chakra.” “Flying with a hero: Subedar Major Sanjay Kumar ji, a Living Param Veer Chakra awardee,” Indigo wrote in a tweet.

The Param Vir Chakra was given to Subedar Major Sanjay Kumar, then a rifleman and a citizen of Himachal Pradesh, for his role as the attacking column’s leading scout at Point 4875 in the Mushkoh Valley during Operation Vijay of the 1999 Kargil war, according to the Ministry of Defence website. He received a promotion to Subedar Major in February 2022. In 1996, he enlisted in the Indian Army and was assigned to the 13 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles. He received a promotion to Subedar Major in 2022.
The opposition, however, obstructed the column’s advance.

The Defence Ministry, on its website, said, “With complete disregard for his personal safety, Rifleman Kumar displayed conspicuous courage as he charged at the enemy. In the subsequent physical combat, he fought the enemy and killed three of the enemy soldiers. He sustained grave injuries but did not yield and attacked the second sangar. The attack came as a surprise to the enemy and they fled leaving behind one universal machine gun (UMG). He picked up the UMG and shot at the fleeing enemy soldier. Although, he was profusely bleeding, he denied being evacuated and continued to charge at the enemy. His gallant action and fortitude motivated his fellow mates and despite the difficulties of fighting in treacherous terrain our troops were successful in seizing the area Flat Top from the enemy.”


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