Service No : EC-56547

Date of Birth : February 2, 1941

Service : Army

Last Rank : 2nd Lieutenant

Arm/Regt : The Maratha Light Infantry

Martyrdom : September 19, 1965

2nd Lt L K Nadgir

Second Lieutenant Lingangouda Kenchangouda Nadgir born on 2nd Feb 1941 was brought up in Belgaum in Karnataka State (then Mysore). Son of Shri Ranganath Deshpande and Smt Shakuntala Deshpande, 2nd Lt LK Nadgir had five sisters and a brother as his siblings. 2nd Lt LK Nadgir’s father served with Royal Indian Air Force and took part in operations during WW-II. Inspired by his father, he showed inclination to join the Armed Forces since his younger days. He continued to follow his passion and eventually after completion of his intermediate Commerce from the then College of Commerce Belgaum (presently Gogte college of commerce) he got selected to join the Army.

 

He got commissioned as a 2nd Lt in the Indian Army in the year 1964. He was commissioned into 6 MLI of the Maratha Light Infantry Regiment, a Regiment known for its intrepid soldiers and numerous battle exploits. As the war clouds gathered in the horizon in 1965, 2nd Lt LK Nadgir’s unit got deployed in the western sector. Thus very early in his service career, 2nd Lt LK Nadgir got involved in thick of active operations.

 

Battle of Chawinda: Indo-Pak War- 19 Sep 1965

 

During Sep 1965, 2nd Lt LK Nadgir was serving with 6th Maratha LI, under the command of Lt Col Mathew Manohar. The unit was functioning under the operational control 35 Infantry Brigade of the 6th Mountain Division. The Brigade’s objective (Operation Nepal) was to capture Chawinda town in Pakistan where Pakistan’s 6th armored division was stationed. Capturing Chawinda railway station was part of Operation Nepal, which was entrusted to  6th Maratha LI.

 

The troops comprising two companies of 6 MLI  made an all out assault to capture the Chawinda railway station very ably led by their commanding officer Lt Col Mathew Manohar. 2nd Lt L K Nadgir as intelligence officer played a crucial role in this attack and the troops could successfully capture the railway station by the first light of 19th September 1965. However, the capture of the railway station was not tenable without the support of other battalions of 35 Inf Bde. The other two battalions of 35th Infantry Brigade could not reach Chawinda Railway station that night and as a result two companies of 6th Maratha LI were left to defend the station by themselves. Indian tanks and artillery could not reach Chawinda railway station in time to support 6 Maratha LI troops.

 

Consequently, the 6 Maratha Li troops had to face the onslaught of Pakistani tanks and artillery with limited resources. 2nd Lt L K Nadgir got severely injured in the intense Pak shelling and was martyred. The Commanding Officer of the 6th Maratha Li, Lt Col Mathew Manohar also attained martyrdom. 2nd Lt LK Nadgir was a committed soldier and a fine officer who laid down his life at the young age of 24 years in the service of the nation.

 

2nd Lt LK Nadgir is survived by his brother Shri Sunil Deshpande and sisters Smt Shaila Alur, Smt Shashi Upadhyaya and Smt Meena Bakshi.

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5 Comments
  • Ashwini Deshpande

    2022at10:36 am Reply

    Service is always remebered.
    Proud to be a cousine sister of Subhash Nadgir

  • Bhupendra Sharma

    2022at10:36 am Reply

    I Salute you Sir.We will always remember you.

  • Bijon

    2022at10:37 am Reply

    Salute to hero

  • Shruthi Rana

    2022at10:37 am Reply

    Your sacrifice will always be remembered and you will remain a hero for countless Indians. I salute you. Jai Hind

  • Shanila

    2022at10:38 am Reply

    My salute to and your family for the selfless service to the nation. Your supreme sacrifice will always be remembered. Jai Hind

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