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2nd Lt Makarand Raghunath Ghanekar was born on 19th July 1949. He belonged to Mumbai in Maharastra. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant into 5 Maratha LI of the Maratha Light Infantry Regiment. During the 1971 war 2nd Lt Makarand Raghunath Ghanekar’s unit, 5 Maratha was deployed at Kotchandpur.  

Service Number  
Place of Birth Mumbai 
Rank 2nd Lieutenant 
Unit 5 Maratha LI 
Regiment Maratha Light Infantry 
Award Shaurya Chakra 
Date of Martyrdom 5th December 1971 

On the night of 4th December 1971 after capturing Kotchandpur, 2nd Lt Ghanekar and his team went on a reconnaissance mission towards Elangi / Kaliganj. The team went further ahead near a village whereas a precautionary measure, 2nd Lt Ghanekar launched a grenade. Since this action did not evoke any response from the enemy, they assumed that the area was clear and proceeded towards a nearby lake. However, here the reconnaissance team came under attack from the enemy forces. 2nd Lt Ghanekar managed to kill a senior officer of the Pakistani army. 2nd Lt Ghanekar and his team had to engage in close combat with the enemy soldiers and during this fight, he was hit on the head by a rifle butt. Unfortunately, he fell in the lake after the hit and was martyred.  

2nd Lieutenant Ghanekar was given the gallantry award, “Shaurya Chakra” posthumously. 

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