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Brigadier PC Roy (Retd)

Brigadier PC Roy (Retired) was commissioned into the Infantry (First Battalion The Third Gorkha Rifles) in 1984.

During his service, he was posted in all parts of the country and in varied terrain i.e. from mountains to deserts. He has been an instructor at the Infantry School (Mhow MP) where he taught young officers about weapons and tactics. He has also been a part of the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Rwanda from November 1994 to April 1996. A boxing Blue from Indian Military Academy and a keen sportsman, he commanded 32 Rashtriya Rifles deployed in Srinagar (Kashmir) and was responsible for anti-militancy operations.

The officer was grievously injured in an encounter with terrorists on 19 November 2003 when three to four militants attacked the BSNL exchange building in Indira Nagar (Srinagar) and took its staff hostage. He led the operation and rescued all the hostages but got injured in the process when one of the trapped militants fired a burst from his AK-47 rifle in a bid to escape. Though his bullet-proof jacket bore the brunt of the impact, some bullets pierced his left shoulder and chest. He suffered multiple fractures and was evacuated to 92 Base Hospital in Srinagar where Army doctors performed lifesaving surgery and placed him on ventilator support (as one of the bullets had pierced his left lung). The nature of injuries was such that there was very slim chance of survival, hence some media channels reported that he had succumbed to his injuries. Through sheer will power and determination he bounced back after numerous surgeries and many years of physiotherapy. Considered to be a shining example of leadership and an ideal choice to identify potential candidates as cadets for the Armed Forces, the officer was specially selected to undergo training at Defence Institute of Psychological Research as an Interviewing Officer in 2007 and thereafter posted to Services Selection Board, Bangalore from 2008 to 2010. He subsequently served at Services Selection Board, Bhopal from 2014 to 2016 and again from 2018 to 2020 from where he superannuated.

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