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Major K. Manoj Kumar, hailed from the southernmost state of India, Kerala. After getting commissioned in the Indian Army at the rank of Lieutenant, he got into Army Ordnance Corps (AOC). The Army Ordnance Corps, whose responsibility is to provide logistics support to the Indian Army during war and peacetime. Till 2016, Major Manoj was promoted to the rank of Major. He gained much experience in his years of service. During 2016, he was posted at Central Ammunition Depot, Pulgaon. The Central Ammunition Depot (CAD) Pulgaon has located about 115 km from Nagpur and is spread on an area of more than 7,000 acres and stores a variety of ammunition and explosives in a large number of sheds. The CAD functions directly under the Army headquarters and is responsible for the all-India supply of ammunition and explosives, after receiving them from Ordnance factories and other sources.

Service Number!C-64501F
Place of BirthKerela
UnitCAD Pulgaon
Award Sena Medal
Date of Martyrdom31st May 2016

On the 31st of May 2016, a fire broke out accidentally in one of the sheds of CAD Pulgaon at around 01:30 AM in the early morning. Various teams were pressed into service on a war to contain the fire. Major Krishnan Manoj Kumar and Lt Col Ranjit Singh Panwar along with others tried very hard to stop the fire so that the damage could be kept as low as possible. Everyone there tried their level best and was able to stop the fire from going beyond that particular shed. But before the fire got silent fully, we have lost our many brave souls. There 15 soldiers of the Defence Security Corps (DSC), and two officers who lost their lives, was Lieutenant Colonel Ranjit Singh Panwar and Major Krishnan Manoj Kumar.

Major Krishnan Manoj Kumar was awarded the ‘Sena Medal’ for his brave efforts to minimize the damage, and sacrificing his life.

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