Service No. : IC-59142P
Birth place: Haridwar, Uttarakhand
Last Rank: Lt Col
Unit: CAD Pulgaon
Arm/Regt : AOC
Operation : CI & IS Ops
Awards: Sena Medal
Date of Martyrdom : May 31, 2016
Lt Col Ranjit Singh Panwar hailed from Haridwar in Uttarakhand. An alumnus of the National Defence Academy in Pune, Lt Col Panwar belonged to the arm of Army Ordnance Corps(AOC) of the Army and had served in various army units during his service career including the Ordnance Depot Talegaon, near Pune. The Army Ordnance Corps is responsible to provide logistics support to the Indian Army during war and peace. Its role is to make available all kinds of stores to all army units at the right time, in the right quantity, at the right place and right cost. The inventory of AOC covers every conceivable requirement of the soldier from clothing to weapons, from a needle to a tank and also all munitions except fuel, fodder, and medicines.
During 2016, Lt Col Panwar was serving with Central Ammunition Depot, Pulgaon. The Central Ammunition Depot (CAD) Pulgaon, located about 115 km from Nagpur, is spread over an area of more than 7,000 acres and stores a variety of ammunition and explosives in a large number of sheds. The CAD functions directly under the Army headquarters and is responsible for the all-India supply of ammunition and explosives, after receiving them from Ordnance factories and other sources. The CAD then supplies these items to various ammunition depots and field ammunition depots for replenishing their stocks.
Explosion at CAD: 31st May 2016
On 31 May 2016, an accidental fire broke out in one of the sheds of CAD Pulgaon at around 01:30 AM in the early morning. Consequently, various teams were pressed into service on a war footing to contain the fire. Major Manoj Kumar and Lt Col Ranjit Singh Panwar along with others made valiant attempts to contain the fire in order to minimize the damage and could succeed in restricting it to only one shed with the help of fire fighting teams.
However, the horrific accident involving multiple explosions claimed the lives of Major Manoj Kumar and Lt Col Ranjit Singh Panwar who faced the unexpected event gallantly like true soldiers. Along with the two officers, 15 soldiers of Defence Security Corps (DSC) also lost their lives. Lt Col Ranjit Singh Panwar was given the gallantry award, “Sena Medal” posthumously for his act of courage, inspiring leadership and supreme sacrifice.
Lt Col Ranjit Singh Panwar is survived by his parents, wife Reenu and son Roby.