Service No : SS36810N
Place of birth : Bangalore,, Karnataka
Service : Army
Last Rank : Captain
Unit : 22 MLI
Operation : CI & IS Ops
Awards : Sena Medal
Martyrdom : March 11, 2000
Captain Omkar Nath Rao was born in a military family hailing from Bangalore. Son of an army officer, Col GV Rao, Capt Omkar Nath always had the passion for Army life and wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father. Following his dream, he joined the Officers Training Academy and was commissioned into 22 Maratha Li of the Maratha Light Infantry Regiment known for its rich history of valour and various battle honours. Capt Omkar Nath later underwent the young officer’s course at MHOW in 1997.
Capt Omkar Nath during his short three and half years of service served in the Siachen Glacier for six months and rest in difficult areas of operation. After his tenure, in Siachen, he had the option to go to a peaceful area but he chose to be with his parent unit deployed in Uri sector along the LOC. Capt Omkar Nath was an inveterate soldier at heart and believed in leading from the front in all operations like a true military leader.
Uri Sector Operation: 11 March 2000
Capt Omkar Nath after his tenure in Siachen for six months had joined his battalion in the Uri Sector on the 4th of March, 2000. On the 11th of March, Capt Omkar Nath was tasked to lead a patrol in the Uri sector along the LOC. This part of LOC is very volatile and Pakistani forces often resort to unprovoked firing to give cover fire to infiltrators coming from across the border. As the Army patrol teams keep a very tight vigil along the LOC, the militants often plan surprise attacks on the patrol teams to make a successful infiltration bid. On that day, when the patrol team led by Capt Omkar Nath reached Dardkote forward post, it came under attack by the militants hiding in the area.
Capt Omkar Nath and his troops immediately swung into action and took tactical positions to repulse the attack. A fierce gun battle followed with a heavy exchange of fire. Capt Omkar Nath in a show of courage and leadership killed a militant and a Pakistani regular. However, during the exchange of fire Capt Omkar Nath got hit by bullets and was severely injured. He later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred at the young age of 26 years. Capt Omkar Nath was a committed soldier and a fine officer, who laid down his life in the service of the nation.
Capt Omkar Nath Rao has given the gallantry award, “Sena Medal” for his courage, fighting spirit and supreme sacrifice on Vijay Diwas, 16 Dec 2000.
For his bravery and patriotism during the fatal encounter with militants, Capt Omkar Nath Rao was awarded the Sena Medal posthumously. He was awarded the medal on the 16th of December 2000, when the army celebrates the Vijay Divas.
Ajay Verma2023at2:49 pm
Salute to the real hero….
Ranjit Singh2023at2:49 pm
RIP Omkar my brother. May you be in Martyr heaven. So proud to have shared high school with you bro. You are missed very dearly.
– Ranjit Singh, Mandeep Buttar, Rohit Pathak, Jumpy and rest of the usual suspects
Heena Puri2023at2:50 pm
Have made a great contribution for the country. Nation will always be indebted for thier bravery. May God rest his soul , and give strength to family to bear this loss . Jai hind
No words can express the un-ending turmoil of pain and pride that a martyr’s family lives with.
Salute to Capt Omkar. And to his father, Col GV Rao, and sister Kavitha. They keep his memory alive in all our hearts.
Colonel James Thomas2023at2:50 pm
A brave soldier and a humble officer. Dating to the core and gave the cowards a fight. True to his signature he stood ground and got going. Miss you. Salute to the brave family who gifted this Braveheart to our blessed motherland.
Malathi Cariapa2023at2:51 pm
The nation is protected by our soldiers. Thank you for your sacrifice, thank you for my freedom, thank you for my family. You sacrificed your today for all our tomorrows.
A great loss to the nation and an irreparable loss loss to the family who will have to live with the void all through their life…. my heartfelt condolence to the family of the Braveheart…