was a recipient of Ashoka Chakra Award
, India's highest peacetime award. She was a constable of CRPF
(Central Reserve Police Force) who died defending the parliament of India
from terrorist attack on 13 December 2001.
Constable Kamlesh Kumari joined the force in 1994 and was first posted with the elite 104 Rapid Action Force
(RAF) in Allahabad
. Soon after, she was posted at the 88 Mahila Battalion on July 12, 2001. She became part of the Bravo Company, which is deployed in Parliament when in session.
13 December 2001
Kamlesh Kumari was posted near the X-ray machine at Gate No. 12 of the Parliament House. She saw the ambassador brand car, bearing the license number plate DL 3C J 1527, heading from Vijay Chowk
towards the gate. Kamlesh was the first security person to walk up to the car, laden with a deadly cargo and driven by men with the agenda of spreading terror and mayhem.
Kamlesh, realising something was amiss, ran towards the gate to shut it. The terrorists, their cover blown, opened fire. Eleven bullets from the guns caught Kamlesh in her stomach and she fell. It was 11.50 in the morning.
Kamlesh's alertness prevented a human bomb among the terrorists from executing his plan; the closing of Gate No. 1 and the alarm raised gave time for other security personnel to take position and shoot the bomber.
She is survived by Avdesh, her husband, and their daughters Jyoti and Shweta. They hail from the village Sikandarpur in Kannauj