Service No : IC-44269A
Service : Army
Last Rank : Major
Unit : 3 RR/2/1 GR
Arm/Regt : 1 Gorkha Rifles
Operation : CI & IS Ops
Awards : Shaurya Chakra
Martyrdom : March 12, 1996
Major Shantanu Nag was got selected for the prestigious NDA after completing her schooling and joined the Academy in Khadakwasla. Though he grew up in England, he was strongly inclined to serve in the Armed Forces, which drove him to prepare for the NDA examination. He later went to IMA Dehardun for further training and passed out as a Second Lieutenant. He commissioned into the 2/1 GR battalion of the 1 Gorkha Rifles Regiment, a Regiment known for its intrepid soldiers and numerous battle exploits. He soon honed his field craft skills and thereafter served in various operational areas facing many challenging situations. After serving with his parent unit for few years, he was later deputed to serve with the 3rd battalion of the Rashtriya Rifles in 1995.
Anantnag Operation : 12 Mar 1996
During Mar 1996, Maj Shantanu Nag's unit 3 RR battalion was deployed in the Anantnag district of J&K close to the Line of Control(LOC). The unit troops were engaged in counter-insurgency operations on a regular basis as its AOR (Area of Responsibility) was affected by active militancy. On 11 Mar 1996, the security forces received credible information from intelligence sources about the presence of terrorists in the Ashapur village of Anantnag district. Based on the intelligence inputs it was decided to launch a search and destroy operation in the suspected area under the leadership of Maj Shantanu Nag.
On 12 Mar 1996, as planned Maj Shantanu Nag along with his team reached Ashapur village of Anantnag district. After reaching the suspected area the troops cordoned it off to hem in the terrorist. As the search and cordon operation was underway, Maj Shantanu and his comrades were fired upon by the militants hiding in the house. This sudden and abrupt fire injured many of the other soldiers. Accessing the situation, Maj Shantanu Nag ordered his men to evacuate the casualties immediately. While trying to evacuate the two casualties, Maj Shantanu Nag himself received a gunshot and got injured. However to prevent the militants from escaping, Maj Shantanu despite being injured rushed into the room alone.
One of the terrorists seeing Maj Shantanu rushing inside fired at him. However, his team member, Hav Dhyan Singh immediately swung into action to shield his Company Commander and took the burst of fire. The bullet pierced through his spine and he immediately fell down. Maj Shantanu having exhausted his ammunition, dropped his riffle and grappled with the terrorists barehanded. However, while doing so he was hit by another bullet injuring his severely. He soon succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. Maj Shantanu was a valiant soldier and a fine officer, who displayed commendable bravery and leadership during the operation.
Major Shantanu Negi was given the gallantry award, "Shaurya Chakra" for his remarkable courage, camaraderie, devotion to duty and supreme sacrifice.