Service No : IC-57077

Date of Birth : July 1, 1976

Place of birth : Latur, Maharastra

Service : Army

Last Rank : Captain

Arm/Regt : Army Service Corps

Operation : Op Vijay ( Kargil )

Martyrdom : July 7, 1999

Capt KC Dharashivkar

Capt KC Dharashivkar hailed from Latur district in Maharastra and was born on 1st July 1976. Son of Late Shri Chandrakant Kulkarni and Smt Lalita Kulkarni, he was second among three siblings. After completing his primary education he went to study at Sainik School Satara. It is at this school that the foundation of his future military career was laid. He was inclined to join the armed forces since his childhood and this passion grew along with his age. His father Shri Chandrakant Kulkarni, a college principal also encouraged him to follow his dream.

 

Eventually he got selected to join the NDA  at Khadakwasala after his schooling and later moved to IMA Dehradun for further training. He passed out from IMA in the year 1997 and became an officer at the age of 21 years. He was commissioned into the Army Service Corps, the logistic arm of the Indian Army. He was posted to serve with 8 Madras, an infantry battalion as his first assignment. 8 Madras known as ‘‘Gallant Guerrillas’’ was raised on August 20, 1948 and since then it had participated in various operations. It was awarded ‘Theatre Honour East Pakistan - 1971’ for its victory in the battle of Ramnagar during 1971 Indo-Pak war.

 

Kargil War: 07 July 1999

 

In 1999, when the Kargil war started, Capt KC Dharashivkar's unit 8 Madras was deployed in Kupwara sector. Within short span of joining the unit, Capt Dharashivkar, developed into a gritty soldier and fine officer, who was ready to take challenging tasks. For his determination and prowess, he was made the lead commander of the Ghatak Platoon of his battalion. Only the most physically fit and motivated soldiers made it into the dreaded Ghatak platoon that made up the first wave of Indian Army’s counterattack forces.

 

During June 1999, Capt Dharashivkar was on leave but joined back his unit as the war clouds gathered on the horizon. Capt Dharashivkar soon was part of number of operations to check the incursion by the enemy forces. On 07 July Capt Dharashivkar was tasked to lead an area domination patrol in the AOR(Area of Responsibility) of the unit. As the patrol was traversing thorough the treacherous terrain, on the pre-planned route, the mines laid by the enemy exploded. The explosion had a devastating effect, severely injuring Capt Dharashivkar and his comrades. Capt Dharashivkar despite being injured directed his troops to inform the unit and launched evacuation operation. However before the unit could evacuate Capt Dharashivkar for treatment, he succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. Capt KC Dharashivkar was a very motivated and inspiring officer, who always led his men from the front. Capt KC Dharashivkar laid down his life at the age of 23 years in the service of the nation, following the highest traditions of the Indian Army.

 

Capt KC Dharashivkar is survived by his mother Smt Lalita Kulkarni.

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