Subedar Belliappa KP was born in Mysore district of Karnataka. He completed his initial schooling from his home town Periyapatna. In his schooling days he had joined NCC and because of that he had developed his love towards joining the Army. Then he pursued BSc from Mysore, and just after completing that he joined Indian Army in 1980 and got recruited into Army Medical Corps, which functioned as a medical support to Army at every time whether it would be peace or war. After completing his training at Pune, he got his first posting at J&K (Counter Insurgency Operations). And then in various areas like Nagaland, Sikkim, Punjab, Srinagar in subsequent postings.
|March 5, 1969
|305 Field AMB
|Army Medical Corps
|Opeartion Falcon 2002
|Date Of Martyrdom
|August 4, 2002
Operation Falcon 2002
During 2002, he was posted in the North East in Operation Falcon. On 4 August 2002, they were tasked to move to Guwahati by road with some other vehicles in his convoy, for some operational activities. The weather was too bad on that day, but despite that they managed to continue their journey in the harsh weather. Then suddenly heavy rain started and the road was fully soaked with the rain and as the roads were hilly, it was quite dangerous to travel at that time, but they continued on their task. When they were passing through Tenga valley, there came a bridge, which suddenly broke while their convoy was passing through it. On seeing this Subedar Belliappa KP got out of his vehicle and rushed to save his comrades and a senior officer, he didn’t thought of his personal life and saved the life of his few soldiers before his vehicle was driven away by the rain water into the big trench along with the driver of his vehicle. In this way he had shown utmost courage by saving the life of others where he had the option to save himself.
He was survived by his wife, Kavitha, whom he married some years after joining Indian Army, and two brave young gentlemen, Bhuvan and Tejasvi.
“You do not study to pass the test. You study to prepare for the day when you are the only thing that stands between the patient and the grave.”