Hero of Kupwara terror attack, gunner Rishi Kumar of the Indian army’s field artillery regiment, is again ready to take on militants.
“Papa, I am fine and ready to fight militants again,” Kumar told his father, Nand Kishor Rai, a resident of Dhanchhuhan village, in south central Bihar’s Bhojpur district, in course of a mobile phone call from his bed in a Srinagar hospital.
The army man from Bihar is currently recovering from the wounds he suffered during the terror attack on an army camp at Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir, last Thursday, that left three soldiers and two of the three intruders dead.
Kumar, 27, was one of the sentries on duty when three heavily-armed terrorists attacked the army camp, around 4.40 am on Thursday. During the ensuing gun battle, Kumar showed exemplary courage to gun down two of the three terrorists and saved the lives of many soldiers, in the process.
A hero in his native Dhanchhuhan village since his act of gallantry became public knowledge, Kumar’s co-villagers have been visiting his house in hordes to congratulate his proud family.
Talking to HT, Kumar’s father favoured a “befitting reply” to those creating trouble in Jammu and Kashmir. The government should now go in for a “final assault” against the terrorists, he said.
Kumar had joined the army on April 30, 2010. After undergoing training at Nasik, he had his first posting at Bathinda (Punjab). In 2012, the valiant gunner was married Nishi Kumari. The couple has two daughters.