Col. ‘Bull’ Kumar, an important tool in securing the Siachen Glacier, dies at the age of 87

India was thus able to prevent the Pakistani attempt to occupy the Saltoro region … Hello!: Former army chief, Vice President General Malik

Colonel Narinder ‘Bull’ Kumar (Retd.), Instrument in launching the Army of Operation Meghdoot and securing the dominant heights of the Siachen Glacier in 1984, died Thursday at the Army’s Research and Recommendation (R&R) Hospital. He was 87 years old and suffering from age-related conditions.

“First of all, to report on the Pakistani atrocities in Siachen, which sent patrol and mountaineering expeditions to the Glacier area. India has thus managed to prevent the Pakistani attempt to occupy the Saltoro Range … Hello! “Former army chief General Vice President Malik said on Twitter.

Based on recent reports from its expeditions to the Siachen Glacier and the Saltoro Chain, as commander of the High Altitude Warfare School (HAWS), the military launched “Op Meghdoot” in 1984, closely preventing Pakistan’s attempts in the process. .

On April 13, 1984, India launched Operation Meghdoot to capture the 76.4 km glacier on the Saltoro ridge. A platoon of the 4 Kumaon led since then by Captain Sanjay Kulkarni planted the Indian flag at Bilafond La. The operation on the highest battlefield in the world continues to this day, making it the longest continuous operation of its kind in the world.

Col. Kumar was commanded from the Indian Military Academy (IMA) Dehradun in the Kumoan Regiment in 1953. A passionate climber, he was the first Indian to climb the Mountain. Nanda Devi. He climbed the mountain. Everest in 1965, Mt. Blanc (the highest peak in the Alps) and later Mt. Kangchenchanga from the hardest northeast spur. He climbed all these peaks despite the loss of four fingers due to the bite of frost in previous expeditions, said an army officer. In 1981, as a member of the Antarctic task force, he played a stellar role, he said.

Col. Kumar was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, in 1965. He was decorated with the Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM), Kirti Chakra and the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM). He is also the recipient of the Mac Gregor Medal for Armed Forces personnel for valuable military recognition. The headquarters of the glacier battalion located at an altitude of 16,000 feet is named “post Kumar” in his honor.

Col. Kumar is survived by his wife and daughter Shailaja.

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