In the line of duty, where nobody watched him


Even as every aspect leading to the death of a constable in New Delhi is debated, here is a reminder that there are several such men who sacrifice their lives in the line of duty and yet do not even get a mention.

Late Constable Subhash Kumar from the SSB

Late Constable Subhash Kumar from the SSB

On December 20, 2012, the wife of late Constable Subhash Kumar was handed over a President Police Medal for Gallantry along with a citation. His actions, even though helped saved many lives and apprehend insurgents, hardly found any mention anywhere. But is my belief that his story deserves to be told and thus I am putting it before you.

Serving in the ‘G’ company of the 31Bn of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) deployed in Assam, General Duty (GD) constable Subhash Kumar was part of a section comprising 13 men, led by their Head Constable (HC). On the intervening night of April 3rd & 4th, 2011, his team was returning to base, after acting on an input about the presence of insurgents, when they came under heavy fire.

But for his action, the entire section would have been wiped out in the attack.

As per the official records, including statements from his colleagues who fought with him, he sensed the looming decimation and to prevent the same, charged straight at the attacking insurgents. By doing this, he not only managed to break their attack by shocking them into retreating but also ensured that his colleagues could buy time and attack the insurgents from the other two flanks. Unfortunately, while executing this brave feat, a bullet from an insurgent’s  automatic weapon hit him in the right hand side of his head, resulting in his immediate death.

The valour of his act is apparent from the fact that despite being killed on the spot, the insurgents could not risk snatching his weapon from him as they came under attack and had to flee.

Even though some of his colleagues did sustain injuries from the initial burst of firing, but the sacrifice of this son of Sriganganagar in Rajasthan ensured that they lived to fight another day.

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