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2nd Lt P M RAMAN: ASHOK CHAKRA

2nd Lt Pollur Mutthuswamy Raman was born on 04th December 1934 in North Arcot district of Tamil Nadu, to an Army officer, Major Mutthuswamy from the Army Medical Corps and Smt Savitri. In the year 1950, 2nd Lt Raman completed his SSC examination, and while in his first year at college, he got selected in National Defence Academy. He was commissioned into the Army as 2nd Lt in the year 1955 at the age of 21 years. He was commissioned into the Sikh Light Infantry Regiment. He got his first posting NEFA (North-East Frontier Agency), the present-day Arunachal Pradesh.  

Service Number IC-7415 
Place of Birth Tamil Nadu 
Rank 2nd Lieutenant 
Unit 3 Sikh LI 
Regiment Sikh Light Infantry 
Award  Ashok Chakra 
Date of Martyrdom 3rd June 1956 

On 2nd June 1956, 2nd Lt Raman’s unit received a piece of information about the presence of Naga militants in Chephema village in Nagaland. On 3rd June, an assault team lead by 2nd Lt Raman swung into action. The team reached the suspected area where they spotted the militants who started firing on them. Militants were heavily armed with light machine guns and rifles. Suddenly 2nd Lt Raman spotted the movement in a nearby hut and rushed towards it. He then in swift and courageous action fired and killed two militants. In the meantime, one of the militants threw a hand grenade at him, which fortunately did not harm him as he was able to escape in the nick of the time. He continued to fire and killed one more militant before he found that he was surrounded by the militants from all sides. One of the militants threw another grenade towards him which blew one yard away from him breaking his hat broke and wounding him. He continued to cause panic amongst them and they started fleeing but he killed one more militant. Later, he succumbed to his injuries.   

2nd Lt PM Raman was given the nation’s highest peacetime gallantry award, “Ashok Chakra” for his exceptional courage, unfaltering leadership, and supreme sacrifice.   

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