Service No: 15139118Y

DOB: 03 June 1980

Place of Birth : Ramanathapuram (TN)

Service: Army

Last Rank: Havaldar

Unit: 81 Med Regt

Arm/Regt: The Regiment of Artillery

Operation: CI & IS Ops

Award: VrC

Date of Martyrdom : 15 Jun 2020

Hav K Palani VrC

Hav K Palani was born on 03 June 1980 and hailed from Kadukkaloor village in Ramanathapuram district of Tamilnadu. Son Shri Kalimuthu and Smt Logambai came from a humble family of farmers. An active sportsman during his school days, he always aspired to join the armed forces since his childhood. Eventually, after completing his schooling, he joined the Army at the age of 18 years on 29 April 1999. He later completed his graduation while is service through distance education. After putting in a few years of service, he got married to Ms.Vanathi Devi and the couple had a son Prasanna and a daughter Divya.


Besides being a committed soldier, he was a family man and diligently shouldered his responsibility towards all family members including his brother and sister. By 2020, he had put in around 22 years of service and had served in various operational areas with challenging work conditions. Ironically his family finally had moved into their own house in Kazhugoorani (Ramanathapuram district ) in June 2020, just few days before his martyrdom.


Operation Snow Leopard : 15 June 2020


During June 2020, Hav K Palani’s unit was deployed in eastern Ladakh close to the Line of Actual Control(LAC) as part of Operation Snow Leopard. Since early June the tension along the LAC was building up due to construction work in Galwan valley close to the road going from Leh to Daulat Beg Oldie. The Chinese had a serious objection to the construction of a bridge across the Galwan river into the Aksai Chin area. The area held strategic importance to India as well as China as it dominated the road from Leh to Daulat Beg Oldie an airstrip of great military significance to India. There had been many rounds of talks between senior military officials from both sides to diffuse the tensions. On 15/16 June 2020 night, hectic Chinese activities were noticed across the bridge in Galwan valley and the Indian Army decided to take up the matter with Chinese forces to ask them to respect the LAC and adhere to the position as agreed earlier during the talks.


Considering the gravity of the situation, Col Santosh Babu the Commanding Officer of 16 Bihar battalion deployed in the area decided to lead the negotiations. However, an altercation during the discussion raised the tempers leading to a scuffle. Soon the scuffle turned into a violent clash with the Chinese soldiers attacking Col Santosh Babu and his men with deadly clubs and rods. The Indian soldiers were greatly outnumbered and the Chinese soldiers seemed to be prepared for the attack. As the clashes escalated, Hav K Palani and other soldiers joined the beleaguered Indian troops to take on the Chinese soldiers. The clashes went on for many hours during which many Indian soldiers including Hav K Palani got seriously injured. Hav K Palani, the CO, Col Santosh Babu, and 18 other soldiers later succumbed to their injuries and were martyred. The other brave hearts included Nk Deepak Kumar, Nb Sub Mandeep Singh, Nb Sub Nanduram Soren, Nb Sub Satnam Singh, Hav Bipul Roy, Hav Sunil Kumar, Sep Ganesh Hansda, Sep Ganesh Ram, Sep Chandan Kumar, Sep CK Pradhan, Sep Gurbinder Singh, Sep Aman Kumar, Sep Kundan Kumar, Sep Rajesh Orang, Sep KK Ojha, Sep Jai Kishore Singh, Sep Gurtej Singh, and Sep Ankush. Hav K Palani was a valiant and dedicated soldier who laid down his life in the line of his duty. Hav K Palani was given the gallantry award, “Vir Chakra” on 26 Jan 2021 for his exceptional courage, devotion to duty and supreme sacrifice. 


Hav K Palani is survived by his father Shri Kalimuthu, mother Smt Logambai, wife Smt Vanathi Devi, son Prasanna and daughter Divya.

The citation for the ‘Vir Chakra’ awarded to him reads:-


Havildar (Gunner) K Palani was deployed in Galwan Valley (Eastern Ladakh) as part of Operation SNOW LEOPARD. On the night of 15 June 2020, the individual was part of a patrol of 16 BIHAR tasked to establish an Observation Post. In a close hand to hand fight, he fought valiantly and saved his subordinates from the aggressive action of the enemy soldiers. Suddenly, the adversaries outnumbered and encircled him. With utter disregard to his personal safety, he stood bravely and tried to defend his comrades even when the enemy attacked him with a sharp weapon injuring him seriously. His act of valour inspired other fellow soldiers to fight fiercely and resist enemy aggression. In spite of his grievous injuries, he continued to hold his ground resolutely and in the finest traditions of the Indian Army, laid down his life for the motherland.


In recognition of his act of bravery in face of the enemy, courage, and supreme sacrifice, Havildar K Palani is awarded “VIR CHAKRA (POSTHUMOUS)”.


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  • naveen

    2020at3:04 pm Reply

    Braveheart your kids will be so proud

  • Monisha

    2020at12:43 pm Reply

    So proud to have u.. dedicated heart to our words to describe about ur sacrifice of ur life to nation
    Jay india

  • Athreya AP

    2021at9:45 am Reply

    Thank you is a very small word to show my gratitude and respect for all the sacrifice you have made to keep us safe always. We cannot fill your space in your family but we will pray for them everyday. We will ensure that your sacrifice do not go in vain. We are proud of you sir!!


    2021at12:16 pm Reply

    I am proud of our Hav.Palani’ courage &bravery My General salute for him.

    • Dhanalakshmi Narayanan

      2021at3:48 pm

      I truly mean that no one could ever be brave enough like doesn’t know how to give up because you know how to fight and be victorious. We feel safe it’s because of all the sleepless nights you have had. for all the rains and storms you have faced for us. Your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten .as the citizen of india,let’s all join our hands and support our soldier personnel and their family.we extend a warm thank you to you and your family. We know thanking you is a ver small word,because deserve more. A big Salute for you.

  • Udhaayakumar K.R

    2021at3:45 pm Reply

    BIG Salute to you Hav K Palani, because of your service and sacrifices we citizens of India live safe and sound. Also would like to say our sincere thanks to all the Army members, who served, in service and who are going to serve. Special thanks to the family. Hav K Palani family should be very proud of his service and will keep praying for them.

  • Raguraman V B

    2021at12:52 pm Reply

    A simple thank you note is too small word for your sacrifice what you and your team has done to mother india and people. Without your service 24 * 7 * 365, we citizens cannot sleep in peace . With folded hands we pray for you and your family . Jai Hind

    • Umamaheshwaran E

      2021at10:31 am

      “All the Glitters are not Gold”.. The Real Heroes are in Border (Soldier’s) who sacrifice his life to save our people.. We people are sleeping in peace because of you Soldier’s… A Great Salute to you and your family Sir’s…

  • Srillitha

    2021at11:19 pm Reply

    We are very proud to have such a brave person fighting for India. Thanks to your family members for dedicating you to India in hour of need

  • Balamurali G

    2021at6:00 pm Reply

    Dear Family Members of Hav K Palani VrC
    We would not be living the way we do now if it weren’t for the brave man who sacrificed his life for our freedom and safety. He brought fame, honour and respect to our beloved motherland. Be it any weather, he protected us. He was an ordinary person who faced extraordinary circumstances and acted with courage, honour and self-sacrifice. He is a true patriot. We are proud to have such a brave man. We will miss him dearly.
    Jai Hind!!!

  • A Anand

    2021at2:53 pm Reply

    I Salute you brother…

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