Captain Neikezhakuo Kenguruse

Lieutenant Neikezhakuo Kenguruse, 2 Rajputana Rifles, was the Ghatak Platoon Commander during the attack on Area Black Rock on the night of 28 June 1999. Lieutenant Kenguruse volunteered to undertake a daring commando mission of attacking a well-sited enemy machine gun nest, on a cliff face, which was heavily interfering with all the approaches to the main objective of the battalion. As the commando team scaled the cliff face, it came under intense mortar and automatic fire inflicting heavy casualties. Lieutenant Kenguruse sustained a splinter injury in his abdomen. Bleeding profusely but undeterred, he urged his men to carry on. 

On reaching the final cliff face, the commando team was halted by a sheer rock wall that separated them from the enemy machine gun post. The officer took off his shoes to get a good grip and scaled the rock wall along with a rocket launcher and fired at the bunker. Unmindful of personal safety, the officer charged at the enemy bunker and personally killed two men with his rifle and another two with his commando knife in hand-to-hand combat before succumbing to his injuries. By his dare devil act, Lieutenant Kenguruse single-handedly neutralised the enemy bunker, which held up the battalion's progress. For conspicuous gallantry and supreme sacrifice, Lieutenant Neikezhakuo Kenguruse was honoured with the Maha Vir Chakra, posthumously. Jai Hind!! Jai Jawan!!


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