Service No: 15139118Y
Place of Birth : Ramanathapuram (TN)
Last Rank: Havaldar
Unit: 81 Med Regt
Arm/Regt: The Regiment of Artillery
Operation: CI & IS Ops
Date of Martyrdom : 16 Jun 2020
Hav K Palani hailed from Kadukkalar village in Ramanathapuram district of Tamilnadu. Son Shri Kalimuthu and Smt Logambai, he 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 in the year 1998. 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 daughter and a son.
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.
LAC Operation: 15/16 June 2020
During June 2020, Hav K Palani’s unit was deployed in eastern Ladakh close to the Line of Actual Control(LAC). 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 is survived by his father Shri Kalimuthu, mother Smt Logambai, wife Smt Vanathi Devi and two kids.
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