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MAJOR RUSHIKESH RAMANI: SENA MEDAL

Major Rushikesh Ramani was born on 8th October 1983 to Sri Vallabhbhai Ramani and Smt Geetaben Ramani. After completion of his schooling, he chose a career in Indian Armed Forces as he has always wanted to serve in the army since his childhood. He joined the National Defense Academy at Pune and then IMA Dehradun in 2004. On 11th June 2005, Major Rushikeh Ramani was commissioned into 23 Punjab of the Punjab Regiment.   

Service Number IC-66829 F 
Rank Major 
Unit 23 Punjab 
Regiment Punjab Regiment 
Award Sena Medal 
Date of Martyrdom  7th June 2009 

In March 2009, Maj Ramani’s unit was deployed in the Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir for counter-insurgency operations. The unit troops were engaged in close monitoring of infiltration routes and had to maintain strict vigil through armed patrols all the time. Major Ramani was functioning as a company commander of his unit and was engaged in counter-insurgency operations regularly. Based on reports from intelligence sources, Major Ramani was tasked to detect and prevent infiltration from across the border on 07th June 2009. Towards midnight of 06-07 Jun 09, Major Ramani noticed a group of 5 terrorists moving stealthily near Gulab Post 3 Kms inside the ‘Line of Control’. On 07th June 2009, at about 1:15 AM, Major Ramani was able to establish contact with an infiltrating group of terrorists who fired at the troops on being challenged. Showing extreme caution and presence of mind, Major Ramani immediately reorganized his search and ambush party to take on all the terrorists together in the killing zone. A fierce gun battle ensued thereafter and the terrorists tried to escape using the cover of the dense forest. Due to heavy rains and bad weather, eye contact with the remaining troops got broken and Major Ramani had to face the entire group of militants alone with his Jawan (buddy- pair). During the heavy exchange of fire, Major Ramani received 12 bullets in his chest and abdomen. Despite the serious bullet injuries, Maj Ramani with total disregard for his safety or wellbeing continued to fire at the terrorists. Major Ramani led his men from the front and despite bleeding profusely shot dead three terrorists. Subsequently, Major Ramani succumbed to his injuries and was martyred.   

Maj Rushikesh Ramani was given the gallantry award, “Sena Medal” posthumously for his outstanding bravery, unfaltering leadership, and supreme sacrifice. 

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